A huge milestone for an Indian Air Force member. Dalip Singh Majithia, celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday making him the oldest living IAF fighter pilot. Congratulatory remarks poured in for Majithia all over social media. Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria extended his warm birthday wishes to the centenarian who had retired in August 1947 during India's Independence over Twitter.
Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria conveyed warm greetings & heartiest congratulations to Sqn Ldr Dalip Singh Majithia (Retd) on his 100th birthday, on behalf of all Air warriors..
"Wishing you many more". pic.twitter.com/d2888G1iuu
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) July 27, 2020
IAF extends its best wishes to Sqn Ldr Dalip Singh Majithia (retd) on his 100th birthday today. He retired in Aug 1947 & holds the distinction of being the 'oldest' IAF fighter pilot now. #IndianAirForce pic.twitter.com/SXfv9xzSMy— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) July 27, 2020
It was in the summer of 1940 in August that Majithia, the young Sikh pilot took off on his first training flight in a Tiger Moth aircraft from the Walton airfield in Lahore, Pakistan with his two instructors of British heritage.
At the age of 20, Dalip Singh Majithia flew his first solo flight and flew to great heights and soared skies til his retirement.
Photo courtesy of Twitter