Known as the ‘Flying Sikh of IAF’, five-star ranked air force officer Marshal Arjan Singh died at 7.47pm on Saturday after suffering a heart attack. He was 98.

Arjan Singh was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral hospital this morning, the defence ministry said.

With gleaming eyes, a daunting personality, and a history of valour, Arjan Singh had been the revered father figure for the Indian Air Force. Known for leading his men from the front, he was highly celebrated by the country for his contribution to the 1965 India-Pakistan War.

If you bear adversities in any war, it hardens you to bear your losses.

Arjan Singh in an interview to CNN-News18
Born on April 15, 1919, in Lyallpur (now in Pakistan) to a family of soldiers, Arjan Singh joined the nascent IAF in 1938 after completing his education from the Government College at Lahore. He was commissioned from the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell in the UK in December 1939. As a Pilot Officer posted in Karachi, he participated in operations against the tribals in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP).
He continued to serve the country in various capacities even after retirement in July 1969. In 1971, he was made India’s Ambassador to Switzerland and in 1974, the High Commissioner to Kenya. He also served as a member of the Minorities Commission and as the Lt Governor of Delhi.