Birth Place : Jammu

Service : Air Force

Last Rank : Squadron Leader

Unit: SKAT

Date of Martyrdom : Mar 18, 2006

Squadron Leader Shailendra Singh

Squadron Leader Shailendra Singh was born in Jammu in a family having a military background. Son of an army officer Late Col Birendra Singh and Mrs Vinod Singh, he was always inclined to join the Armed Forces since his childhood. Unfortunately his father passed away in the year 1981 when he was barely seven years old, but his mother Mrs Vinod Singh brought him up single-handedly and encouraged him to follow his dream. His dream of joining the Armed Forces was fulfilled when he was selected to join the Indian Air Force. He further got selected to be trained as a fighter pilot and was trained to fly Jaguar aircraft among other fighter jets.


After his basic training, he was posted to the field unit flying Jaguar fighter aircraft. Besides, serving at various Jaguar squadrons, he was also posted at the Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) in Allahabad as a Flying Instructor. Sqn Ldr Shailendra Singh later joined the prestigious Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) based at Air Force station, Bidar in Andhra Pradesh.


Kiran MK 2 Air-crash: 18 Mar 2006


During 2005-06, Sqn Ldr Shailendra Singh was serving with 52 Sqn based at Air Force station Bidar. This sqn also known as SKAT was an aircraft aerobatic demonstration team of IAF. The Kiran aircraft employed in the aerobatic flew at speeds between 200 and 600 kmph during maneuvers and were exploited to the end of its abilities by the SKAT.


The team served as an ambassador of the Indian Air Force to showcase its prowess and professionalism. The aerobatics team always consisted of very experienced and highly skilled pilots as its role demanded flying skills of a very high level. All members of the SKAT were qualified flying instructors and were among the best fighter pilots in the IAF. These pilots whose main job was to fly highly risky aerobatic formations were selected after a rigorous selection process. It was one of the most coveted jobs in the IAF owing to the accolade, admiration and respect that SKAT enjoyed in the IAF as well as people at large.


Sqn Ldr Shailendra Singh was among the ace pilots who had flown fighter aircraft extensively and joined the famed SKAT. The pilots followed a rigorous training schedule to practice for daredevil aerobatics to achieve the desired level of perfection. One such sortie was scheduled on 18 Mar 2006 as part of their meticulously planned training calendar. On the ill-fated day of March 18, 2006, Sqn Ldr Shailendra Singh took off on Kiran MK II fighter trainer jet from Bidar along with his colleague Wg Cdr Dheeraj Bhatia. During the training exercise in an unfortunate incident, two aircraft flying in a very close formation collided with each other. The aircraft being flown by Sqn Ldr Shailendra Singh and Wg Cdr Dheeraj Bhatia went into a spin and crashed near Naubad, around three kilometers from Bidar in Karnataka. Tragically, Sqn Ldr Leader Shailendra Singh and Wg Cdr Dheeraj Bhatia could not survive and the nation lost two valiant soldiers. Sqn Ldr Shailendra Singh was a professionally competent pilot and a committed air warrior who laid down his life in the line of his duty.


Sqn Ldr Shailendra Singh is survived by his mother Mrs Vinod Singh, wife Mrs Shveta Singh and son Shashwat.
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  • Ajai Singh Dabas

    2020at6:39 pm Reply

    Shailender Sir,
    You will always be remembered for your simplicity, jovial nature & commitment. Likes of you keep the Hunter spirit alive & the flag flying high.
    Jai Hind

    • Rakesh Sehgal

      2020at12:36 pm

      Sqn Ldr Shailendra Singh may have left out sight, but he shall never be forgotten.

  • Praneet Dangwal

    2020at9:12 pm Reply

    Bhaiya we miss you . What a loss to us. You were always our inspiration right from school days .You winning the coveted cycling championships in school year after year ,are still so fresh in our memories. A real role model and hero…

  • Raman

    2020at10:39 am Reply

    Dear Shail, your infectious smile is something we will never forget. From being the Wing Sgt at Ghorpuri to roaming the streets as a Flt Cdt at Allahabad, from the rigors of a trainee pilot at BFTS to those as a trainee QFI at FIS, tour smile never wavered. And it never belied the steely determination in you to be the best in the air, for that is where you belonged. Hope you teaching the angels those aerobatics you were so good at.

  • Gaurav Kamboj

    2021at2:46 pm Reply

    Will always be remembered by us as a Ace Cyclist in School A ace pilot & a wonderful human being…. Keep smiling always

  • Surabhi Gupta

    2021at4:05 pm Reply

    A most wonderful human being above all else. A dear friend, ever smiling and helpful.
    You forever reside in the heart.

  • Rahul Bhatkoti

    2021at4:17 pm Reply

    The best part of my school days were spent with Shailendra. He was the most affable and positive person I have ever come across. His never say die attitude was infectious and motivated so many of us. His ever smiling face and the charm he exuded will never be forgotten. Moments spent with Shailendra will remain cherished and treasured for lifetime.

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