IAF News Update | Indian Air Force Retired Officer PD Pandian 100th Birthday; Retired Air Warrior Speaks To Dainik Bhaskar | Airforce chief himself makes phone calls, officers take cake at home to make Veteran and War Heroes' birthday special

  • The oldest retired warrant officer of the Indian Air Force, PD Pandian, has recently celebrated his 100th birthday.
  • Earlier on May 12, the Indian Air Force congratulated the 100th birthday of retired Commodore Malik Singh Kheda.
  • Last year, the Air Force shared a video on the 90th birthday of retired Air Marshal PV Iyer, in which Iyer was seen doing pushups in the gym.

Vikas Verma

Vikas Verma

Jun 13, 2020, 05:53 AM IST

new Delhi. The Indian Air Force is the fourth largest air force in the world after the US, China and Russia. The Air Force never forgets her brains and her contribution, and now she is celebrating the birthday of her war heroes, Veteran, in a different way.

The oldest retired Warrant Officer of the Air Force, PD Pandian, has recently celebrated his 100th birthday. The Air Force officer arrived at his home with cake on Pandian's 100th birthday, living in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. Not only this, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria himself called the chief and congratulated him on his birthday and thanked him for his contribution to the air service.

Pandian says, “I had no idea that the Air Force officers from Trivandrum would come to my house and make my birthday memorable in this way. I got really emotional when the Air Force Chief called me. Glad to know that the Airforce never forgets its Veteran. '

Thousands of airmen trained in 31 years
Pandian joined the Royal Indian Air Force in 1944 as an aircraftman and retired as a ground training instructor in 1975 at the age of 55. Before being admitted, he used to teach as a teacher in a school for two years. In his 31 years of service, Pandian has trained thousands of airmen.

Pandian has been a good player. He led the Southern Command volleyball team and was also the coach of the Vijayawada Southern Railway Institute volleyball team. He says, 'It is a pleasure for me that I am living such a long life. For this, I have taken special care of my health, diet and fitness. He says, 'I was a strict trainer in my time, so I was called a rough and tough person among my peers. I still start my day cleanly around. I read newspapers every day and exercise. '

PD Pandian cutting the cake on his 100th birthday.

Pandian's son Jacob Jabaraj says, “Had Papa not had Chikungunya ten years earlier, he could have played ballwall even at this age. During the treatment of chikungunya and diabetes, 20% of his right leg was paralyzed. ”According to Jacob, his father is still punctual, doing all his work himself and on schedule. They shave themselves every day in 3 minutes without seeing the mirror. During this period of Corona, he adhered to the lockdown very well and also inspired people. He has also made five face masks stitched from the machine himself.

Recalling the era of the British RIAF, Pandian says, training was different then, much more difficult than today. At the time, there was a considerable disparity between the salary of Indian and British soldiers. An English Physics Training Instructor used to get a salary of Rs.1000 per month whereas an Indian of the same rank was paid only Rs.40. At that time the British were given padded chairs in the front line and Indians were seated on wooden benches.

On May 12, the Air Force congratulated the 100th birthday of retired Commodore Kheda

Earlier on May 12, the Air Force had greeted the 100th birthday of retired Commodore Malik Singh Kheda. Similarly, on 30 October last year, Indian Air Force shared a video on the 90th birthday of retired Air Marshal PV Iyer, in which Iyer was seen doing pushups in the gym. The Air Force also wrote in the tweet – “Air Marshals have been the inspiration for many people. They have proved that age is just number one.”



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