In a first, General David.L.Goldfein, chief of staff of the US Air Force, flew a sortie in LCA Tejas aircraft at Air Force Station in Jodhpur. General Goldfein is on an official visit to India. This was the first time when a Tejas aircraft was flown by a foreign military chief.
Gen. Goldfein reached air force station in Jodhpur on Friday and flew the aircraft on Saturday morning. He also met Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa today. He was accompanied by US Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy. They discussed ways to further enhance cooperation between the two forces. The US officials arrived on February 1 and a ‘Guard of Honour’ was organised on their arrival at Air Force Headquarters in New Delhi.
Overwhelmed with the warm welcome, Gen. David L Goldfein in a tweet said, 'Grateful for the welcome reception from @IAF_MCC. We look forward to deepening the relationship between our two air forces. I’m also very proud of the strong ongoing relationship forged between the @IAF_MCC and the Rhode Island Air National Guard’s 143rd Airlift Wing. We take pride in having helped the IAF strengthen their air mobility capabilities provided by their C-17 and C-130J fleets.'
Gen Goldfein also thanked the Indian Air Force for the welcome reception. In his Facebook post, he wrote, 'The IAF operates the second largest C-17 fleet in the world and continues to mature their fleet operation to support regional mobility needs. There is already a strong relationship between our two air forces and I’m looking forward to making it stronger.'