Dilbagh Singh

Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VM (10 March 1926 – 9 February 2001) was the head of the Indian Air Force from 1981 to 1984,[2] as Chief of the Air Staff. He was the second Sikh to hold that position.

Dilbagh Singh

Born10 March 1926
Shakargarh Gurdaspur district Punjab
Died9 February 2001(2001-02-09) (aged 74)
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Allegiance British India (1945-1947)
 India (from 1947)
Service/branch Indian Air Force (1945-1947)
 Indian Air Force (1947-1984)
Years of service1945-1984
RankAir Chief Marshal
UnitNo. 1 Squadron
Commands heldEastern Air Command
Ambala Air Force Station
28 Squadron[1]

Dilbagh Singh was commissioned as a pilot in 1944. His operational flying career spanned the Spitfire to introducing the MiG-21 into service in India. He had earlier made the first official "Supersonic Bang" over India in New Delhi when the Mystere IV-A was showcased in a public demonstration.

He served as India’s Ambassador to Brazil from 1985 to 1987.


Military offices
Preceded by
Idris Latif
Chief of the Air Staff (India)
Succeeded by
Lakshman Katre
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