In an unexpected move, the chief of United States Airforce Gen. David L. Goldfein flew a sortie in India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas trainer with Air Vice Marshal AP Singh from Jodhpur Airforce Station. Air Vice Marshal A.P. Singh, principal director flight test at National Flight Test Center (NFTC) is a qualified test pilot with hundreds of flying hours in Tejas.
The sortie lasted around 40 min over the city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. After the sortie, he lauded the aircraft and was presented with a Tejas model as a memento.
The Chief of USAF is on an official visit to India as part of increasing the cooperation between both nations.
It is to be noted that the sortie was unexpected when the US is trying to provide F-16s for India’s single-engine fighter jet program.