Air Force chief visits Air Force Station Bhisiana, pays homage to Kargil Martyrs

Air Force chief visits Air Force Station Bhisiana, pays homage to Kargil Martyrs


Air Force chief visits Air Force Station Bhisiana, pays homage to Kargil Martyrs


New Delhi: The Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, today led a four aircraft, MiG-21 'Missing Man' formation flypast at Air Force Station Bhisiana in Bhatinda, Punjab, to honour the valour and supreme sacrifice of Kargil martyrs. "The 'Missing Man' flypast is an aerial salute accorded to honour the fallen comrades-in-arms. The Arrow Formation of MiG-21 Bison, with a gap between two aircraft in the formation depicted the Missing Man," a Defence source said here. Later, in a simple, yet poignant ceremony, the Air Force chief laid a wreath at the Memorial to honour martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. Air Chief was on a three day visit to the station. It is here, while commanding the 17 Squadron Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had flown the MiG-21 T-96 aircraft, currently the oldest fighter in the IAF inventory. On this day in 1999, Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja attained martyrdom during Kargil conflict. He was at that time the Flight Commander of 17 Squadron. Mrs. Alka Ahuja, wife of Late Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja, who was awarded Vir Chakra Posthumously was also present and the Chief of Air Staff presented her a plaque of ‘Missing Man’ formation. During his visit, the Chief of Air Staff also reviewed security and operational preparedness of the base. He complimented the personnel of the base for their combat readiness; and urged them to "learn from the past, practice in the present, and Win in the Future", the Defence source said.

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