Marshal of the Indian Air Force and famous fighter pilot, Arjan Singh died at the age of 98 yrs old due to heart attack on Saturday. His funeral is going to held today. In order to pay tribute to him, the national flag will wing at every government buildings in Delhi.
His dead body have been covered in the flag and was shifted from his residence to the Delhi Cantonment in a revolver cart adorned with marigold flowers.
Fighter pilot Arjan Singh’s state funeral is different from that of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw that was held in year 2008. During his funeral, no armed leader took part in his last rituals in Wellington close to Ooty in Tamil Nadu.
Marshal Arjan Singh was born at the time of conclusion of First World War.
All through the Second World War, Arjan Singh rule the 1 Squadron of the Air Force as they clashed with the Burma front. He was honored with Distinguished Flying Cross by the British for heroism and headship.
Following independence, Arjan Singh was promoted as Air Force Chief in year 1964.
“It was to his credit that despite initial setbacks, we were able to ‘overcome and overwhelm’ the enemy and spoil their design to annex Jammu and Kashmir,” Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa affirmed.
Arjan Singh was chosen as the India’s first Marshal of the Indian Air Force in year 2002. Following Field Marshal Manekshaw, he was the only five-star grade officer in India.