IAF Chief ACM BS Dhanoa Becomes Second IAF Chief to Fly LCA Tejas

Looks like the legacy of flying LCA Tejas high in the sky has started with IAF Chief BS Dhanoa following suite after Air Chief Marshal (Retd.) Arup Raha.

The current Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa flew indigenous LCA Tejas on the first day of Aero India 2017.

Less than 15 days after taking over as the IAF chief, he flew solo in the MiG-21 fighter jet, the oldest fighter aircraft in the IAF’s inventory.

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ACM BS Dhanoa on a flight in Tejas

A month ago, on a solo flight, he flew a solo sortie in single engine MiG-21 type 96 aircraft from the IAF base at Uttarlai, a forward base in Rajasthan.

Now, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa flew a trainer version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) with Air Vice Marshal A.P. Singh.

A.P. Singh is a principal director at NFTC and was his co-pilot during the sortie over Yelahanka airbase.

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ACM BS Dhanoa with A.P. Singh

 

His predecessor, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha flew the Tejas last year, becoming the first IAF chief to fly the indigenous fighter.

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