The LTTE yesterday claimed that ‘Colonel’
Shankar alias Vythialingam Sornalingam, an ex-aeronautical
engineer with Air Canada with an engineering degree in
aeronautics from Hindustan Engineering College in Tamil Nadu
formed the Air Tigers.
Liberation Tigers credit the formation of the
Tiger air-wing (Vaanpuligal) to Colonel Shankar alias
Vythialingam Sornalingam, an old boy of Hartley College, Point
Pedro. He was an aeronautical engineer with Air Canada, with an
Engineering Degree in Aeronautics from Hindustan Engineering
College in Tamil Nadu.
Shankar was the chief of the ‘Air Tigers’ and
was responsible for developing the air wing from its infancy
until his assassination in December 2001. Shanker was killed by
military operatives operating behind the enemy lines.