Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman, who downed an enemy jet during an aerial combat with Pakistan in 2019 and was held captive for three days in that country, was on Monday honoured with the Vir Chakra award by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Just ahead of the World Cup match between India and Pakistan, an advertisement on a Pakistan channel featured a spoof on Abhinandan.
Sachin Tendulkar attended the 8th Indian Air Force Day, which was dominated by Balakot with the 51 Squadron, the 9 Squadron and 601 signal unit getting citations for their roles in the air strike on terrorist camps in February
Three Mirage 2000 aircrafts and two Su-30MKI fighter aircrafts also flew in 'Avenger formation'. The planes are being flown by pilots who took part in Balakot airstrike.
Dhanoa flew a sortie with Abhinandan in a twin-seater MiG-21 trainer aircraft at the Pathankot Air Base on Monday. He is set to retire from the IAF later this year following nearly four decades in service.
A senior IAF officer said that Wing Commander Abhinandan was declared fit following examination of injuries sustained during the incident in which he had landed across the Pakistani side of the border
36-year-old IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman had suffered injuries while ejecting from his MiG-21 Bison during the aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani air forces on February 27.
Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be awarded and his moustache should be made national moustache.
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In a 33-second video released by Pakistan's Jazz TV, the character impersonating Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman can be seen sporting the Indian Air Force pilot's signature moustache
IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been shifted out of Srinagar and posted to a frontline air base in the western sector.
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'Wing Commander Abhinandan does not have any official social media account on Twitter and Instagram,' the IAF said.
Queried about the number of terrorists killed in the February 26 IAF attack in Balkot, Pakistan, he said it was for the government to give out the number.
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Varthaman arrived in the national capital by an IAF flight at around 11:45 pm Friday, nearly two-and-half hours after he crossed over to India through the Attari-Wagah border.
Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa met Wing Commander Varthaman at the Army RR Hospital in New Delhi.
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