May 28, 2019

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa led a four aircraft, MiG-21 'Missing Man' formation flypast at Air Force Station Bhisiana in Bhatinda, Punjab to honour sacrifice of men killed in action during Operation Safed Sagar at Kargil.

'Missing Man' formation: 

  • The 'Missing Man' formation is an aerial salute accorded to honour the fallen comrades-in-arms. 

  • This is an Arrow Formation, with a gap between two aircraft in the formation depicting the Missing Man. 

  • It was on this day in 1999 that, Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja VrC (Posthumous) laid down his life during the Kargil conflict. He was at that time the Flight Commander of 17 Squadron. 

Operation Safed Sagar? 

  • Operation Safed Sagar was the code name assigned to the Indian Air Force's role in acting jointly with Ground troops during the Kargil war that was aimed at flushing out troops of the Pakistani Army from vacated Indian Positions in the Kargil sector along the Line of Control. 

  • It was the first large scale use of Airpower in the Jammu and Kashmir region since the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. 

Source : PIB