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Squadron Leader Shailendra Singh was born to an army officer Late Colonel Birendra Singh and Smt Vinod Singh, in Jammu. He always dreamt to follow his father’s footsteps and finally got selected in 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. Besides, serving at various Jaguar squadrons, he was posted at Basic Flying Training School in Allahabad as a Flying Instructor. He later joined Surya Kiran Aerobatic Training based at Air Force Station, Bidar in Andhra Pradesh. 

Place of Birth Jammu 
Rank Squadron Leader 
Unit SKAT 
Date of Martyrdom 18th March 2006 

During 2005-2006, Squadron Leader Shailendra was serving with 52 Squadron based at Air Force station Bidar. The Kiran MK 2 aircraft of the SKAT, flew at speeds between 200 and 600 kmph during maneuvers. The aerobatic team always consisted of very experienced pilots. On 18th March 2006 Squadron Leader Shailendra took off on Kiran MK II fighter trainer jet from Hyderabad along with his colleague Wing Commander Dheeraj Bhatia. During, the training exercise the two aircrafts flying in very close formation collided with each other. The aircrafts crashed near Naubad, around three kilometers from Bidar. In this accident, both the competent pilots Squadron Leader Shailendra and Wing Commander Dheeraj Bhatia lost their lives. 

Squadron Leader Shailendra is survived by his mother, wife, and son. 

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