Some Lesser Known Facts About Arjan Singh
- Did Arjan Singh smoke?: Not Known
- Did Arjan Singh drink alcohol?: No
- His grandfather, Hukam Singh, a Risaldar Major, belonged to the Guides Cavalry between 1883 and 1917.
- Arjan’s great-grandfather, Sultan Singh, also belonged to the defence sector and was among the first two generations of Guides Cavalry enlisted in 1854. He was martyred in 1879 during the Afghan camp.
- When he was born, his father was a Lance Daffadar (equivalent rank to corporal in Indian Army) in the Hodson’s Horse (4th Horse), a cavalry regiment of Indian Army.
- In 1938, he entered Royal Airforce College and got commissioned as a Pilot Officer in late 1939.
- Arjan was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), a third level military decoration awarded to the personnel of United Kindom’s Royal Air Force, in 1944.
- He had nearly faced a court-martial in 1945 for boosting the morale of a trainee pilot (who was rumoured to be the future Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh) to attempt a low pass over a house in Kerala. Arjan, in his defence, said that it was necessary for every cadet to be a fighter pilot.
- In 1945, Arjan had commanded the exhibition flight of Indian Air Force. He had also led the Air Force during World War II.
- He became the Wing Commander of Royal Indian Air Force in 1947 and got stationed at the Air Force Station, Ambala.
- On 2nd January 1955, he was named as the Air Commodore of Western Air Command in Delhi.
- From August 1964 to July 1969, Arjan served as the Chief of Air Staff (Air Marshal).
- The government of India conferred on him the nation’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 1965.
- Owing to his contribution in the Indo-Pak war of 1965, he was promoted to the rank of Air Chief Marshal.
- Soon, as he turned 50, Arjan marked an end to his service for the defence in 1970.
- Post-retirement, he was appointed as the Indian ambassador to Switzerland in 1971. He also served as the ambassador to Vatican at the same time.
- The government of India, in 1974, appointed him as the High Commissioner to Kenya.
- Arjan was a member of the National Commission of Minorities and the Government of India between 1975 and 1981.
- Between December 1989 and December 1990, he served as the Lieutenant Governor of the national capital, Delhi.
- He was honoured with the rank of Marshal of the Indian Air Force on the Republic Day of India in 2002.
- Although Arjan could not even get off his chair when the former President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, passed away in July 2015, he paid his final tribute to the latter at Palam Airport.
- To mark the 97th birth anniversary of Arjan, the then Chief of Air Staff Chief Air Marshal, Arup Raha, in April 2016, announced that the Indian Air Force Station at Panagarh In West Bengal will be named after him and will be called Air Force Station Arjan Singh from then onwards.
- Throughout his career, he had flown more than 60 different kinds of aircraft. His affection for flying did not vanish until getting retired.
- He was the only officer of Indian Air Force to be promoted to five-star rank, a very senior military rank.
- A number of top dignitaries and politicians of India paid their last tribute to Arjan in his wreath-laying ceremony in New Delhi.
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