Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria is retiring on 30th Septemebr 2021. At the same time, the Indian Air Force (IAF) informed that on September 13, as the Chief of Air Force, he (Bhadauria) made his last flight in a fighter aircraft. This means that there is no possibility of him flying any other fighter aircraft after September 13 and till he retires now.
Bhadauria will complete his two-year tenure as the Air Chief on September 30 and retire. The IAF said, “Outgoing Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria made his last flight in a fighter aircraft as Chief of Air Staff at 23 Squadron, Halwara on 13 September. His flying career started with the same ‘Panthers’ squad flying the MIG-21 and then ended at the same airbase and with the same squadron.’
Outgoing Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria flew his last sortie in a fighter aircraft as Air Force Chief on September 13 at 23 Sqd, Halwara. His flying career had begun with the same 'Panthers' Sqd flying MiG-21, ended in the same aircraft of the same squadron at same airbase: IAF pic.twitter.com/IJRgtkxuWw
— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2021
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