Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh: India's oldest serving warrior

Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh: India's oldest serving warrior

Known as the "Flying Sikh of IAF", Arjan Singh's condition was very critical and was admitted to the Research and Referral Hospital but has passed away after he suffering a cardiac arrest.

Marshal Singh, the only IAF officer to be given a distinction equal to that of a Field Marshal, was also India's oldest five-star ranked air force officer.

Arjan Singh was the sole beneficiary of Air Force Marshal rank, the first in India.

The Prime Minister highlighted Singh's discipline saying that when he visited him earlier in the day in the hospital, the 98-year-old veteran "tried to get up to salute even though I said no".

#Virendra Sehwag: Aum Shanti #ArjanSingh ji, only Indian Air Force officer to b promoted to 5-star rank.Soldiers never die, u were& will always b an inspiration. He was suspected to have had a massive heart attack in the morning and was brought to this hospital.

On August 1, 1964, in the rank of Air Marshal, he took the reins of the IAF at a time when the force was still rebuilding itself and was gearing up to meet new challenges.

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Arjan Singh was born on 15 April 1919 in Lyallpur, Punjab (now Faisalabad, Pakistan), what was then British India in a distinguished military family.

Singh had led an IAF squadron into combat during the 1944 Arakan Campaign and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross that year.

The Marshal has flown over 60 aircraft and remained a flyer until the end of his career with the Indian Air Force.

He retired from service in 1969.

Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh, Justice Sikri, Govind Narain and Rajeshwar Dayal member of citizen's commission going to visit refugee campus in Delhi. Honouring him, the West Bengal's Air Force base at Panagarh was renamed as Air Force Station Arjan Singh in 2016.

"When asked how quickly the IAF will be ready for operations, he replied with his characteristic nonchalance,".in an hour". And true to his word, the Air Force struck the Pakistani offensive within an hour. Singh was educated at Montgomery, British India (now in Pakistan) and had joined the RAF College, Cranwell in 1938. Arjan Singh flew against the tribal forces before he was transferred for a brief stint with the newly formed No.2 IAF Squadron. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to the 1965 war. He was Lieutenant Governor of Delhi from December 1989 to December 1990.

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