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MirageBlue

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Farewell to one of the best Air Chiefs the IAF has had in the last few decades.

ACM RKS Bhadauria flew a MiG-21 Bison of the No.23 'Panthers' squadron..the same squadron that he first joined as a Flying Officer, flying the MiG-21. Of course, he's a qualified Test Pilot as well having flown rotary and fixed wing fighters and transports.



Boss has flown solo on Jaguar, MiG-21 Bison, MiG-21bis, Tejas Mk1 and Mirage-2000I. Shows what leading from the front means.

Thank you for your service, ACM Bhadauria. You will be missed.




With the CO of No.23 'Panthers' squadron


the ACM with pilots and technicians of No.23 squadron


From earlier..

in a Tejas cockpit solo



in a Jaguar cockpit solo



in a LCH


C-17 cockpit
 

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Great angle of arguably the most beautiful fighter jet ever designed and built and flown. The MiG-21 in almost all its variants is a classic at the top of the classics IMO, of course. I'm partial to the original F-13, but once the MF line and the 98's were produced and had more bulk and fuel, they also had their own superb, physical characteristics. Nothing like a gorgeous beast.

Did he retire or passed on? I couldn't tell from your post. He was quite the talented pilot it seems. Flew a bunch of different platforms. Not very common to see fighter pilots capable of flying rotary platforms as well.
 

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Great angle of arguably the most beautiful fighter jet ever designed and built and flown. The MiG-21 in almost all its variants is a classic at the top of the classics IMO, of course. I'm partial to the original F-13, but once the MF line and the 98's were produced and had more bulk and fuel, they also had their own superb, physical characteristics. Nothing like a gorgeous beast.

Did he retire or passed on? I couldn't tell from your post. He was quite the talented pilot it seems. Flew a bunch of different platforms. Not very common to see fighter pilots capable of flying rotary platforms as well.
Yes indeed. The MiG-21's sleek lines, the small profile, the intake, the delta wings..definitely one of the most beautiful fighters and easily the most iconic.

I too love the original F-13, but it was so limited in so many ways. The other variants at least started to improve on range, payload and avionics.

And yes ACM RKS Bhadauria has now retired. In my opinion, one of the best there has been given his Test Pilot background. Even the previous ACM BS Dhanoa used to fly the MiG-21 till the time he retired, but Bhadauria sir has flown and is current on so many types, its incredible.
 

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Some more cracking A2A shots from the IAF

Rafale, Type-66, Netra,Su-30MKI,Darin-2 Jag and MiG-29UPG

The last pic showing FOC Tejas without drop tanks and IOC Tejas with drop tanks also states the increased range of FOC Tejas due to Ariel refueling
 

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And another awe inspiring Air Force day promo
Air display on Friday will be a special one
 
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