Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Former IAF Chief La Fontaine Passes Away

Air Chief Marshal DA La Fontaine, chief of the Indian Air Force between 1985-88 passed away early today at his farmhouse in the Southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He joined the Indian Air Force shortly after the country gained independence in 1947. A fighter pilot, his tenure at the helm saw major type inductions in the IAF, including the Dassault Mirage-2000 and MiG-29. The last time I spoke to Air Chief Marshal La Fontaine was in April 2006 for my special report on the IAF's MiG-25 Foxbat fleet ahead of its phase-out. R.I.P.

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

Sir,
We salute you.

VENKATA RAO said...

I AND MY WIFE REMEMBER HIM. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE. POSINA V. RAO

Anonymous said...

The nation salutes you on your last journey. May your soul rest in peace.

Jai Hind.

Shubham said...

RIP Sir..have fond childhood memories of him visiting our school during our annual day functions during the period he was the serving ACM.

Anonymous said...

RIP

- Manne

Anonymous said...

Dennis Antony La Fontaine thank you for your gracious service. May you be welcomed by St. Peter at the pearly gates. RIP


Jai Tamizh Nadu, Jai Hind !

Shivendra said...

May god bless his soul. RIP.

Mayuresh said...

RIP, Good Sir! Continue your good work in heaven!

Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Shiv ,,its disgusting theer is no word in suppport of the revolution its happening in india..you went far off land to capture the revolution (libya)..why not our own good old country..pls think about it

Mr. Ra said...

RIP.

ivan said...

Sir, we salute you - May your soul rest in peace.

Shiv Aroor said...

anon@10.28pm: this is a defence blog, in case that wasn't patently clear so far. in Libya, I was covering battle. if you wish to follow how i've been covering the anna hazare protest for my channel, feel free to follow me on my personal twitter @ShivAroor. I keep the Livefist and personal twitter feeds separate for this reason precisely.

Kartik said...

May he rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

RIP Sir. One of the best speeches I have heard in my life was ACM LaFontaine's speech at our passing out dinner in NDA.