New Delhi, Mar 6: On Friday, Mar 6 Indian Air Force retired MiG-23 fighter plane after 28 years of glorious service to the country. A spectacular farewell in the form of a 'phasing out ceremony' was held at its last home, No. 221 Squadron at Air Force Station Halwara.
India bought MiG-23 BN aircraft from former Soviet Union to counter Pakistan's F-16 jets. It was stationed at Air Force Station Halware since then to No.221 Squadron which was later converted to MiG-23 BN in Feb 1982. The MiG-23s which have a poor safety record have had flown more than 154000 hrs in the service of the nation.