We all know that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet before ejecting from his MiG-21 Bison, and unfortunately falling on the other side of the border. But before getting captured, he did two remarkable things.
Firstly, he did a task which was once termed impossible. Let me make it clear that Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets (4th generation jets) which were given to them by USA to fight against terrorism was far more advanced then the Indian MiG-21 jets (2nd generation jets).
But when the F-16 jets entered into Indian air space to target the military installations, the Indian MiG-21 not just chased them but managed to shoot one of it. And the man who did this remarkable act of valour was wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
Veteran MiG-21 fighter pilot & author-historian Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam while speaking on this, said “An IAF Bison shot down an F-16 with a close combat missile the R-73 and during the pursuit crossed the LC and was brought down by ground fire. It was classic aerial action and of great significance that an F-16 was downed by an IAF Mig-21”, reported Live Fist Defence.
Second act of bravery of Wing Commander Abhinandan has saved Indian Air Force’s secret information from going into Pakistan’s hand. Soon after he fell on enemy land, Wing Commander shot his pistol in air and asked the mob around him, which area it was. One Pakistani boy lied and said it was India.
But later a boy shouted “Pakistan army zindabad” which hinted the Wing Commander that he was in enemy land. Immediately he fired few shots in air while the mob picked up stones in their hand to attack the Indian Air Force officer.
At this tense moment, the pilot pointed the pistol at the mob and ran backwards for nearly half a kilometer. Dawn reported “Then he jumped into a small pond where he took out some documents and maps from his pockets, some of which he tried to swallow and soaked others in water”.
This was how the brave Indian pilot not just shot the 4th generation Pakistan fighter jet, but also prevented secret information from going into enemy hands.