India's first military pilot to fly helicopters dead

New Delhi, July 20 (ANI): Air Commodore S K Majumdar, the first military pilot to fly helicopter in India in March 1954, passed away here this morning. He was 83.

He passed away at 4 a.m. at the Research and referral Hospital , Delhi Cantt.

He had the distinction of being the first pilot in the Indian defence and para-military forces to fly the helicopter in India. He pioneered the concepts of usage of helicopter in India.

Born on October 7, 1927, Air Commodore Majumdar was commissioned in the Royal Indian Air Force in 1948 and retired in March 1977 after 29 years of distinguished service.

During his long innings in the Indian Air Force, he achieved many firsts. He was the first to fly a helicopter, an S-55 Sikorsky, in 1954. He was the first helicopter qualified flying instructor, the first to do an amphibious operation, the founder of the helicopter training unit of the Indian Air Force and the first to carry out a roof-top landing in 1959 .

A pioneer in mountain terrain operations, Air Commodore Majumdar evolved concepts of mountain flying in erstwhile NEFA (Arunachal Pradesh), Assam, Nagaland and Jammu and Kashmir, and displayed an astonishing degree of dedication and professionalism.

Having shown his exemplary mettle in various command and staff appointments during his illustrious career, he also acquired enviable accident free record.

In recognition of his yeoman service and pioneering work in the field of helicopter aviation, he was awarded "Sikorsky Pioneering Award" in 2004 by the Rotary Wing Society of India . (ANI)