Arjan Singh, Marshal of Indian Air Force, passes away

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Arjan Singh, Marshal of Indian Air Force, passes away

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Sep 16, 2017, 22:15 IST
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  • Arjan Singh, India's oldest, five-star ranked air force officer, died after suffering a heart attack. He was 98.
  • Arjan Singh was the only officer of the IAF to be given a distinction equal to that of a Field Marshal.
  • Singh also served as the IAF's Chief of Staff during the 1965 India-Pakistan war.
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NEW DELHI: Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and India's oldest, five-star ranked air force officer, died at 7.47pm on Saturday after suffering a heart attack. He was 98.

Arjan Singh+ was the only officer of the IAF to be given a distinction equal to that of a Field Marshal.

In 2016, the IAF named its Panagarh (West Bengal) air base after Arjan Singh on the occasion of his 97th birth anniversary. The Panagarh base would be called Air Force Station Arjan Singh. He was the only living officer to have a base named after him.

In his glorious career+ , Arjan Singh flew over 60 different kinds of aircraft and his zest for flying didn't end until the day he retired in 1969.



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India mourns the unfortunate demise of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh. We remember his outstanding service to the nation.

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When he was Chief of Air Staff, the IAF acquired supersonic fighters, strategic reconnaissance aircraft, tactical transport aircraft and assault helicopters, many of which are still in service today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death of Marshal Arjan Singh+ and said India will never forget his excellent leadership in the 1965 India-Pakistan war when the Indian Air Force saw substantial action.

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Born on 15 April 1919 in Lyallpur, Punjab (now in Pakistan), Arjan Singh entered the distinguished Royal Air Force College at Cranwell at the age of 19 and graduated as a pilot officer the following year.

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A great loss for the Nation & the #IndianAirForce : Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh passes away at R&R Army Hospital, New Delhi. Today

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He proved his valour during the Second World War, when he faced the Japanese Army while serving as a pilot officer in the British-Indian forces in Burma (now Myanmar). He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for "fearless and exceptional" service in 1944.

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Singh served as the IAF's Chief of Staff during the 1965 India-Pakistan war. When Pakistan launched its Operation Grand Slam, in which an armoured thrust targeted the vital town of Akhnur, he was summoned to the defence minister's office with a request for air support.


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India will never forget the excellent leadership of Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh in 1965, when the IAF saw substantial action.

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With characteristic nonchalance, he replied, "In an hour." And true to his word, the air force struck the Pakistani offensive in an hour. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his leadership of the IAF and his service to the nation during the historic war.

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Sad at demise of a great air warrior & Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. Condolences to his family & IAF community 1/2 #PresidentKovind

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After his retirement from the Indian Air Force in 1969, Singh served the nation as an ambassador to Switzerland in 1971, and as High Commissioner to Kenya in 1974. Later, he also became the Lt Governor of Delhi, in 1989.

He was promoted to the five-star rank in 2002.


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Rip sir, true son of this soil.

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Hope the govt gives a full state funeral and it would be extremely grateful if IAF can pull a fly past of 98 jets at his funeral to pay respect to this eternal flying warrior of bharat mata :salute:

Remember he had led a fly past of 100 aircraft's on 1947 independence day ..
 
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He served as the IAF's Chief at the age of 45 got retired at 50.

brave soul

may god bless him and he will be reborn in Bharat.

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Great Soldier.
Great Son Of Bharat.
A True Bharat Ratna.
We salute you and will remember you till the end of time.
Rest In Peace.
 

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