MIG 21

  • IAF scrambles fighter jets as Turkish plane sparks alert July 13, 2014

    The Indian Air Force on Sunday scrambled fighter planes from air base here after two commercial passenger aircraft sought to enter Indian territory from Pakistan side using similar identification codes, sparking a security alert. Two MiG-21 fighter aircraft were sent from Jodhpur air base to investigate a Turkish Airlines plane over Jaisalmer on Sunday morning when...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai May 27, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • J&K: IAF's MiG-21 crashes in Anantnag, pilot dead May 27, 2014

    Srinagar: An Indian Air Force MiG-21 crashed near Mirhama, Bijbehara area of Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Pilot Raghu Bansi was killed in the crash. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the accident to investigate the cause. "The Pilot airborne from Srinagar was on a routine training...
  • MiG-21 FL phaseout a sad day for IAF fighter pilots December 12, 2013

    Kalaikunda Airbase (West Bengal): As the iconic MiG-21 FL flied into the annals of Indian Air Force (IAF) history, fighter pilots recount their 50-year romance with fighter jet. The MiG-21 FL was in the service of the IAF for over 50 years and conducted its last sortie on Wednesday at...
  • MiG-21 FL flies into history today after serving the IAF for 50 years December 11, 2013

    New Delhi: India's first supersonic jet fighter the MiG-21 FL will be decommissioned after 50 years of service on Wednesday. The aircraft had played a crucial role in the 1971 war with Pakistan. Retiring the FL model, which is the oldest, is the first step to the Air Force's plan...
  • MiG-21 fighter jets to fly into history December 7, 2013

    New Delhi/Kolkata: One of the first variants of the MiG 21 combat aircraft, which dealt severe blows to Pakistan Air Force in the 1971 war, will fly into the annals of history on Wednesday. The aircraft will undertake its last ceremonial flight at a phasing out ceremony at the air force...
  • Air Marshal Raha to be next IAF chief October 29, 2013

    Air Marshal Arup Raha will be the next Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, succeeding Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne, who retires Dec 31 after a distinguished 41-year career during which he passionately worked for the modernisation of the force. The appointment was cleared by the government some time back...
  • IAF celebrates 81st anniversary October 1, 2013

    A series of events including display of various types of aircraft and military weapons featured in the 81st anniversary celebration of the Indian Air Force at its 32 Wing station at Jodhpur on Monday. The 32 Wing, known as "Desert Warriors", was established in Jodhpur on January 1 in 1971, with...
  • Crashes are bound to happen with the way MiGs are handled: IAF ex-chief July 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian Air Force's MiG aircraft has always been surrounded by controversy and the latest being a Wing Commander filing a petition in the court demanding scrapping of the MiG-21 fighter jets. The petition has been filed in the backdrop of the number of crashes of MiG-21. Speaking with...
  • Serving IAF officer demands scrapping of MiG-21, can Air force afford to retire it? July 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Forty eight hours after the crash of a MiG-21 over Nal airbase in Rajasthan and the death of its young pilot, Wing Commander Sanjeet Singh Kaila, survivor of a near fatal MiG-21 crash, has become the first pilot to move to court demanding scrapping of the MiG-21 fighter...
  • Crash left Wing Commander Kalia unable to lead normal life: Lawyer July 17, 2013

    Wing Commander Sanjeet Singh Kalia has filed a petition saying that flying a MiG-21 violated his right to work in a safe environment. ...
  • Serving IAF officer moves court, demands scrapping of MiG-21 July 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Wing Commander Sanjeet Singh Kaila, survivor of a near fatal MiG-21 crash, has has become the first pilot to move to court demanding scrapping of the MiG-21 fighter jets from the Indian Air Force (IAF). Kaila has filed a petition at the Delhi High Court saying that flying a...
  • MiG-21 is a good fighter but it's over 40 years old: Surya Gangadharan July 15, 2013

    Frequent crashes of the MiG-21 fighter aircraft in the IAF inventory have earned the planes the nickname of 'flying coffins.' But Mig-21s were inducted into the IAF way back in 1964 i.e. almost fifty years back (a record for any service) and have served the country well in all the...
  • Rajasthan: MiG-21 Bison crashes in Barmer, pilot safe June 7, 2013

    Jaipur: A MiG-21 aircraft of IAF on Friday crashed in Rajasthan's Barmer district, with the pilot ejecting safely. The plane crashed near Sodiyar village at 9 AM and the pilot ejected safely, Defence Spokesperson SD Goswami said. He said the aircraft took off from the Uttarlai Airbase in the western sector...
  • Air Chief Marshal Browne confirms MiG-21 phase out to begin in 2017 May 24, 2013

    New Delhi: After 50 years of service, the phaseout of the MiG-21 will begin in 2017 as confirmed by Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne. It is expected to be replaced by the Light Combat Aircraft (LAC) Tejas. IAF operates about 80 (four squadrons) of these Russian-origin planes in its fleet and...
  • Gujarat: MiG 21 aircraft crashes in Kutch, pilot safe November 24, 2012

    New Delhi: A MiG 21 Bison aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed on Saturday in the fields near Naliya in Kutch, Gujarat. There were no casualties, confirmed the IAF, as the pilot had ejected safely. There weren't any damages on the ground either, said sources. The aircraft was on a...
  • Syrian fighter pilot defects to Jordan, gets asylum June 22, 2012

    Amman: A Syrian air force pilot flew his MiG-21 fighter plane over the border to Jordan and was granted political asylum on Thursday, the first defection with a military aircraft since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al Assad. The pilot landed at the King Hussein military air base...
  • Parents lose son in crash, set up flying school June 6, 2012

    Pune: Captain Anil Gadgil and his wife Kavita Gadgil have set up a flying school with India's first mobile flight simulator. They took up the task after losing their 27-year-old son Abhijit in a MIG-21 crash. But Abhijit's death didn't dampen the spirits of his heart-broken parents. Together they set...
  • MiG 21s to be phased out from 2014 March 1, 2012

    New Delhi: MiG 21s, which have often been involved in frequent crashes, will start getting phased out from 2014 setting the stage for giving the IAF a "new look" with the induction of modern next generation aircraft. "MiG 21s which constitute around 40 per cent of the IAF fleet will start...
  • MiG 21s to be phased out from 2014: Antony February 29, 2012

    New Delhi: MiG 21s, which have often been involved in frequent crashes, will start getting phased out from 2014 setting the stage for giving the IAF a "new look" with the induction of modern next generation aircraft. "MiG 21s which constitute around 40 per cent of the IAF fleet will start...
  • MIG-21 crashes in Haryana, both pilots safe December 2, 2011

    New Delhi: An Indian Air Force MIG-21 crashed in a field in Sirsa district of Haryana on Friday. Sources said both pilots are safe and that there were no causalities on the ground. The MIG-21 had taken off from Sirsa Air Force base and crashed in a field nearby. In view of the...
  • Pilots' inexperience behind MiG crashes: IAF October 8, 2011

    Hindon (Ghaziabad): The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday said most of the recent MiG-21 crashes have been caused due to inexperience of young pilots in handling the aircraft. "Unfortunately except for one case, the other cases point towards inexperience of young pilots who were not been able to handle the...
  • MiG-21 crashes in Rajasthan, pilot safe October 7, 2011

    Jaipur: A MiG-21 combat aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Uttarlai airport in Rajasthan's Barmer district on Friday but the pilot ejected safely. The plane was on a routine sortie and the incident occurred at around 11.30 AM when the pilot was preparing for landing. The pilot, Flying Officer...
  • Another MiG-21 fighter plane crashes, pilot safe September 6, 2011

    Chandigarh: A MiG-21 'Bison' fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force on Tuesday crashed near Shambu in Punjab's Patiala district during a routine sortie even as the pilot bailed out safely, the fourth mishap this year involving such an aircraft type. The plane had taken off from Ambala and crashed at...
  • Punjab: MiG-21 crashes, pilot ejects safely September 6, 2011

    Chandigarh: A MiG-21 'Bison' fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force on Tuesday crashed near Shambu in Punjab's Patiala district even as the pilot bailed out safely. The plane had taken off from Ambala on a routine training sortie and crashed at 10:47 am, an IAF spokesperson said in Delhi. ...
  • Only experienced pilots will fly MiG-21s: IAF September 1, 2011

    New Delhi: In view of a large number of crashes involving the MiG-21s, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday said it has decided that after December 2012 only experienced pilots will fly the fighter jet aircraft. IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal (ACM) NAK Browne on Thursday said those undergoing training...
  • Pilot killed in MiG-21 crash in Rajasthan August 2, 2011

    Bikaner: A MiG-21 fighter aircraft on Tuesday crashed soon after taking off from Naal airfield in Rajasthan's Bikaner district killing the pilot. "The pilot ejected but died due to injuries sustained by him," defence spokesperson SD Goswami told PTI. The MiG-21 'Type-96' aircraft was on a routine sortie and crashed near the...
  • IAF gets indigenous fighter aircraft Tejas January 10, 2011

    New Delhi: India's indigenous light combat aircraft, Tejas was handed over to the Indian Air Force on Monday for what is called an initial operational clearance. This would allow IAF pilots to get a feel of the fighter plane before it is formally inducted for action. Defence Minister AK Antony handed...
  • Fighter pilot killed in MiG-21 crash, eighth mishap in 2009 September 10, 2009

    Muktsar, Punjab: A young Air Force pilot was killed on Thursday when a MiG 21 fighter aircraft crashed about 10 km from Bhatinda airbase near here. Flight Lieutenant Manu Akhouri, who was in his mid-20s, had taken off from the Bhatinda airbase on a routine training sortie and was returning...