Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who was the only Marshal of the Indian Air Force and 98 years old was critically ill and admitted at Army research and referral hospital. He suffered with a cardiac arrest. He passed away as tweeted officially by Gen VK Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs,Govt. of India.
MARSHAL OF THE AIR FORCE ARJAN SINGH, DFC, PADMA VIBHUSHAN ,PASSED AWAY AT 7.47 PM TODAY AT ARMY https://t.co/loAzgaZh2r. SALUTE TO HIM.
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) September 16, 2017
He was 98 and was awarded the Padma Vibhushan while serving in the Indian Air Force.
Today Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and IAF chief BS Dhanoa also visited the hospital. Narendra Modi also visited to R&R hospital.
Arjan Singh is the only officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal, to which he was promoted in 2002.
Arjan Singh was Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) from August 1, 1964 to July 15, 1969, and was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1965. He saw the action in 1965 war during serving in the Air Force. He retired from Air force at the age of 50 in 1970.