Dec 12, Jamnagar : For the first time ever, a F-104
Starfighter was engaged in aircombat by an Indian Air Force MiG-21 and shot down in
aircombat. This happened at Jamnagar today at 1402 Hrs.
Two MIG-2IFLs at the ORP were
scrambled to set up a CAP at 10,000 feet over the ainield. Minutes earlier, Mobile
Observation Posts along the Saurashtra sea coast had reported two bandits flying low,
crossing the coast line in the qeneral direction of Jamnagar, with its vital air base.
Shortly, the airfield came under
attack. The bandits (Now identified as F-104A Startighters) carried out a front gun attack
on aircraft parked near the runway . The second F-104, spotted our MiG-21s first and
immediately turnedoff and headed north.
A smiling Flt Lt B B Soni in the cockpit
of his MiG which has just returned, looking at the celebrating IAF officers on the ground.
The lead F-104 continued at high
speed along the runway and as he tried to exit, One of our MiG-21s flown by Flt Lt Bharat
Bhushan Soni, dived down and positioned himself behind and above the F-104, allowing the
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