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India-Pakistan dogfight: A minute-by-minute account of Abhinandan’s air battle

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, flying a MiG-21 Bison, shot down a Pakistani F-16 with an R73 air-to-air missile On the morning of February 27, 24 fighter jets took off from Pakistan and flew towards India. The group of jets included ten US-made F-16 Fighting Falcons. At exactly 10am, the jets entered Indian airspace, where waiting Indian Air Force fighter jets engaged them in a dogfight. The fierce fight over Jammu and Kashmir ended up with an Indian MiG-21 Bison shooting down an F-16. However, that MiG too suffered a hit and crashed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Its pilot, Wing Commander […]

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