Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh, died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday. He was 98 years old.
India’s oldest serving officer, Singh was admitted to the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi on Saturday after suffering from a stroke.
In 2002, when Singh was made Marshal of the Air Force, he held the highest rank ever rewarded to an officer in the Indian Air Force.
He flew over 60 aircraft and remained a flyer until the end of his career with the Air Force.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had paid a visit to the Marshal earlier on Saturday.
The Marshal led the Western Air Command after independence and took charge as the Indian Air Force Chief in 1964.