Abhinandan leads MiG-21 formation on Indian Air Force’s 87th birthday

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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after an aerial dogfight led a formation of the MiG-21 Bison as the Indian Air Force (IAF) put up a show on its 87th birthday on Tuesday.

According to the details, three Mirage 2000 aircraft and two Su-30MKI fighter aircraft flew in ‘Avenger formation’.

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Responding to IAF’s violation of Pakistani airspace on February 26, PAF had hit back by sending fighters to strike Indian targets the following day.

In the pursuit, a PAF fighter jet had downed at least one Indian MiG-21 aircraft and captured Abhinandan, who had ejected and landed within Pakistani territory.

He was later handed over to India by Pakistani authorities as a goodwill gesture within 60 hours of the standoff.

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