Mumbai: Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday flew a joint sortie Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa in MiG-21 fighter.
He was recently awarded the Vir Chakra for shooting down a Pakistan fighter jet in a dogfight earlier this year. Varthaman had been taken captive by Pakistan after being shot down over Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in a dogfight which came in response to the Pulwama terror attack.
During the negotiations after he was captured, Varthaman had become the face of the crisis - and what made him recognisable was his signature gunslinger moustache.
Videos and photos from Monday's flight of the MiG-21 however, showed that Varthaman had shaved off the moustache.
Abhinandan's classic gunslinger moustache that once spoke louder than words is now trimmed.
Men salons are going to be busy from tomorrow onwards.
Shave it like #Abhinandan 🛩 pic.twitter.com/9tGB4pO3ZW— Arpita Raj (@rjarpitaa) September 2, 2019
Abhinandan minus his signature moustache but great that he quickly came back to flying pic.twitter.com/fvc9TcUjxg— Aviator Anil Chopra (@Chopsyturvey) September 2, 2019
— Snehesh Alex Philip (@sneheshphilip) September 2, 2019
— Pranav Joshi (@pranavjoshi85) September 2, 2019