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IAF gets second Tejas squadron; Air Chief shows the way with solo sortie

Air force chiefs, including Pakistan's recently, often go up for a spin to boost the morale of their fighter pilots.

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria
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Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria climbed alone into the cockpit of a Tejas fighter on Wednesday, revved up its powerful turbofan engine and took off for a solo flight around Coimbatore. Photo: PTI

Ajai Shukla New Delhi
In a statement of confidence in the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), the Indian Air Force (IAF) boss, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, climbed alone into the cockpit of a Tejas fighter on Wednesday, revved up its powerful turbofan engine and took off for a solo flight around Coimbatore.

Air force chiefs, including Pakistan’s recently, often go up for a spin to boost the morale of their fighter pilots. But they usually do so in twin-seat aircraft, with the squadron’s top fighter jock controlling things from the front seat. Bhadauria — a veteran test pilot who has flown multiple

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First Published: May 28 2020 | 2:43 AM IST

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