This B & W photo is of 5 fighter pilots of Bareilly based IAF Squadron; taken prior to 1971 war. All of them had Jawa motorcycles, a cool style statement in those days.
The Squadron was deployed in the Eastern theatre for ’71 operations. These pilots flew over East Pakistan and shot down Sabre jets in dog fights.
The Jawa Motorcycle Company has now launched a modern version of it’s iconic model of yesteryears.
To commemorate the spirit of youngsters of yore, the Company traced out four of the survivors in the old photo.
They were invited to Delhi for a presentation ceremony, which took place at Manekshaw Centre recently.
You can see the four veterans in this photo and a fifth motorcycle with only a helmet to mark the missing man.