Meet Sarbjit Singh: World's First Sikh Pilot To Fly F-5 & F-16 Fighter Jets

written by Diksha Kapoor | May 15, 2019

Retired Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Brigadier General Sarbjit Singh has served as a military servant for almost 32 years. He received a star in his rank as a general, and became the world’s first Sikh operational pilot who flew F-5 and F-16 fighter jets. Sarbjit occupied an enviable position as an ace fighter pilot during his term and is an aviation trailblazer. His superb flying skills as a fighter pilot earned him respect and admiration. Sarbjit joined the RSAF in January, 1983, fresh out of junior college. He grew up with a keen interest in planes with an ambition to become a pilot. Soon after joining RSAF, he topped his class and became the only successful graduate from the wing course. He retired from the Air Force in 2014 and made history by being the first Sikh in the world to become an operation pilot on the F5 and F16 fighter jets. Moreover, he is the first Sikh in Singapore Air Force to attain the rank of a Brigadier General. Recently, Sarabjit preceded the Aviation Wing ceremony at the Combat Army Aviation School in November 2018.


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