The term Air Ace emerged in 1915 during World War I, at the same time as aerial dog fighting - a term intended to provide the home population with a cult of the hero in what was otherwise a war of attrition.
As part of our efforts to highlight unsung air warriors during Aero India 2021, Onmanorama speaks to couple of officers who played a significant role at AFS Agra.
India's aerospace and defence programmes are on a buoyant phase with renewed thrust coming from the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
The report came in the midst of a simmering political slugfest over procurement of Rafale jets by the Modi government from France.
The mechanic was servicing a warplane at a bast when the incident took place.