I had vowed to not post on BRF but on this momentous occasion of Tejas achieving FOC, I'm making a temporary exception. Somethings are beyond individual likes and dislikes. And this is too big a occasion and I know, BRF is the only place where I can share my happiness over it.
Congratulations to all scientists, engineers, air-warriors, bureaucrats, faceless & nameless people in the background, for making this happen. You've achieved the impossible against tremendous odds. My heartfelt thanks to each one of you.
Also, BRF deserves a special appreciation for being 'THE' platform which has always tried to fight naysayers and hearsay about the Tejas program with proper analysis and in-depth information. The Tejas thread(s) on BRF remains 'THE' source covering every nitty-gritty about the Tejas program and the fighter itself. When everything was stacked against Tejas, apart from the team actually working on the program, BRF community was the other entity standing rock-solid behind it.
God knows I've been a critic of the program (not the jet) and we've had our heated moments here. But ultimately, we're all on the same side - India. And Tejas achieving FOC means OUR side is winning.
A special thanks need to made to Karan M - one person 'Wikipedia' on the Tejas program, who's shared in-depth analysis and data here to enrich all of us and other non-BRF readers. I know, he's difficult to get along at times (
) but I guess we all can give him that leeway for his contribution.
Also - Indanil, for doing a fabulous job with his contributions and managing this thread.
There are a lot more who've made Tejas thread on BRF what it is; as someone who isn't the brightest crayon in the pack when it comes to aviation, I thank each one of you for sharing your knowledge. People like me have learnt a lot from you.
And I guess, the news of Tejas FOC becomes more sweet when you couple it with news of Arjun MK1A getting approval - that closes the loop for me!
Wish Tejas happy skies and hope to see more of them in IAF colors soon.
My best wishes to BRF and everyone here.