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Previous SLAF Leader, Air Principal Marshal P.H. Mendis dies


Air Principal Marshal Pathman Hariprasadha Mendis, lovingly called ‘Paddy’ Mendis, has actually died at the age of 88, Sri Lanka Flying Force (SLAF) revealed today.

Mendis ended up being the youngest Leader of the Flying Force, at the age of 38 years and also the youngest Leader of an Armed Solution in Ceylon, with his visit on first January 1971. He was consequently advertised to the ranking of Air Vice Marshal.

ACM Mendis was the 5th Ceylonese to sign up with the RCyAF back in August 1951. He got his education and learning at S. Thomas’ University Mt Lavinia.

He after that left for the UK for training, signing up with the No 61st entrance to RAF University, Cranwell. Finishing 3 years later on, he finished a job at Merryfield, where his standard pilot’s abilities were updated to those of a boxer pilot, where he flew the De Havilland Vampire jet.

After going back to Ceylon in October 1954, he got his payment from the Governor-General of Ceylon Sir Oliver Goonetilleke.

He ended up being Regulating Policeman of the freshly created No 2 Armada on first September 1957. He was likewise the very first Ceylonese police officer to be educated as a Certified Traveling Teacher at the distinguished Central Traveling College, RAF and also by 1960 he ended up being carbon monoxide of No 1 Armada.

Amongst his various other noteworthy training jobs were team training at Protection Providers Personnel University Wellington India, and also training at the Imperial Protection University in the UK.

He held the consultations of Senior citizen Air Personnel Policeman, and also Principal of Personnel before being selected as the Leader.

ACM Mendis skilfully and also carefully led the Flying force with attempting times. One of the most noteworthy being the 1971 insurrection– the very first significant functional ask for the Flying force.

It was throughout his period that the RCyAF changed right into the Sri Lanka Flying Force. Lots of introducing jobs such as Helitours, Riley Heron alteration, the Morawewa agro job and also a lot more were started throughout the period of ACM Mendis. Finishing an active excursion of task as the Leader he gave up workplace on 01 November 1976.

He remained to add to the growth of air travel in Sri Lanka. In honour of his solution to the Flying force and also the country, ACM Pathman Mendis was advertised to the ranking of Air Principal Marshal on 01 October 2007.

He was likewise presented with the honorary title “Deshamanya” for his important payments to the country.

. – SLAF


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