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Abhinandan who shot down Pak F-16 awarded Vir Chakra

The dogfight in which Abhinandan was involved took place a day after the Indian Air Force’s Mirage-2000s struck targets in Pakistan’s Balakot in response to the Pulwama suicide terror attack in Kashmir in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed on February 14, 2019.
President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Vir Chakra to Group Captain Varthaman Abhinandan at the Defence Investiture Ceremony-I at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)
President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Vir Chakra to Group Captain Varthaman Abhinandan at the Defence Investiture Ceremony-I at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 03:08 AM IST
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ByRahul Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

When Abhinandan Varthaman shot down Pakistan's F-16 fighter jet. How it happened

  • Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman received the Vir Chakra, the third-highest wartime gallantry award, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, now Group Captain, pursued the retreating F-16 fighter jet and shot it down with his onboard missile.(PTI)
Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, now Group Captain, pursued the retreating F-16 fighter jet and shot it down with his onboard missile.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 05:24 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi

Abhinandan Varthaman, who downed Pak F16, flies again, this time with IAF chief

Wing Commander Abhinandan - who was taken captive by Pakistan on February 27 after he was shot down over Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir- had been recently cleared to fly.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the IAF pilot who became the face of a tense military confrontation between India and Pakistan in February, pose for a photograph after a sortie on the MiG 21 jet, at Airforce Station in Pathankot.(Photo: PTI)
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the IAF pilot who became the face of a tense military confrontation between India and Pakistan in February, pose for a photograph after a sortie on the MiG 21 jet, at Airforce Station in Pathankot.(Photo: PTI)
Updated on Jun 25, 2020 12:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySudhi Ranjan Sen

Vir Chakra for Abhinandnan Varthaman who downed F-16 flying a MiG-21

The February 27 dogfight took place a day after the Mirage-2000s struck targets in Balakot in response to the Pulwama suicide attack in Kashmir in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force men were killed on February 14.
Attari-Wagah (India), March 02 (ANI): IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was waiting to cross over to India at the Attari-Wagah border on Pakistan side on Friday. (ANI Photo)(ANI FILE)
Attari-Wagah (India), March 02 (ANI): IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was waiting to cross over to India at the Attari-Wagah border on Pakistan side on Friday. (ANI Photo)(ANI FILE)
Updated on Jun 15, 2020 03:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRahul Singh

Abhinandan Varthaman, Balakot pilots to get top military honours

Varthaman is likely to be awarded a Vir Chakra for his exploits and the five Mirage-2000 fighter aces who dropped bombs on the terror facility of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry.
IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.(ANI)
IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.(ANI)
Updated on Aug 08, 2019 07:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRahul Singh

Meetings the patriots in deeds, not words

It was a privilege to have met patriots such as BS Pundir and Sher Singh Mewar; theirs was a quiet, understated patriotism, not a loud or hectoring one
Among others, patriots such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel commanded an abiding respect among those who knew them(HT Archives)
Among others, patriots such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel commanded an abiding respect among those who knew them(HT Archives)
Updated on May 04, 2019 04:47 PM IST
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IAF recommends Wing Commander Abhinandan’s name for Vir Chakra medal

The India Air Force is recommending Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman for the wartime gallantry medal Vir Chakra for shooting down an F-16 in aerial conflict with Pakistan.
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman(PTI file photo)
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman(PTI file photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 08:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Words of wisdom: Lead from the front and take the high-risk sortie in your life too

Awarded the Vir Chakra during the Indo-Pak war of 1971, Air Marshal Singh had a distinguished career in the Indian Air Force, which he was set to lead in 1988 but for the political powers that be.
Air Marshal Man Mohan Singh (retd)(HT Photo)
Air Marshal Man Mohan Singh (retd)(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 28, 2019 04:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByYojana Yadav

Kargil war hero’s father continues to give financial aid to Kashmir girl

Captain Vijyant Thapar, who was awarded the Vir Chakra posthumously for gallantry during the 1999 war, had grown to be fond of a local girl, Ruksana. She was six-years-old at the time and lived near the army unit where he was posted. The Captain had decided to provide monetary support to the girl after her father was killed by terrorists.
Captain Vijyant Thapar brought the first victory to his unit (2 Rajputana Rifles) by capturing Barbad Bunker on Tololing Top during the Kargil war.(HT/File Photo)
Captain Vijyant Thapar brought the first victory to his unit (2 Rajputana Rifles) by capturing Barbad Bunker on Tololing Top during the Kargil war.(HT/File Photo)
Published on Jul 07, 2018 07:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
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