Ar­jan had flown more than 60 jets

■ He played ma­jor role in trans­form­ing IAF into a po­tent force

Deccan Chronicle - - NATION -

New Delhi, Sept. 16: Air Force Mar­shal Ar­jan Singh, an icon of In­dia’s mil­i­tary his­tory, will al­ways be re­mem­bered as a war hero who had suc­cess­fully led a young IAF dur­ing the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

The only of­fi­cer to at­tain the high­est post of Mar­shal, the Air Force equiv­a­lent to the Army’s five star field mar­shal, Singh was a fear­less and ex­cep­tional pi­lot who had flown more than 60 dif­fer­ent types of air­craft. He played a ma­jor role in trans­form­ing the IAF into one of the most po­tent air forces glob­ally and the fourth big­gest in the world.

“His con­tri­bu­tion to the In­dian Air Force is mon­u­men­tal to the least. The IAF grew with him. He was epit­ome of mil­i­tary lead­er­ship in clas­si­cal sense and it is, there­fore, not sur­pris­ing that he was hon­oured with the rank of Air Force Mar­shal,”exVice-Chief of IAF Kapil Kak said.

He was hon­oured with the rank of Mar­shal on the Repub­lic Day in 2002. Known as a man of few words, Mr Singh was not only a fear­less pi­lot but had pro­found knowl­edge about air power.

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