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On The Night Of September 21, 1965.

The Last Days Of The War, Flying Officer Jamal A. Khan Finally Got To Use The Starfighter In The Manner For Which It Had Originally Been Designed, Scoring A Solid Sidewinder Hit On A Canberra At 33,000 Feet Over Fazilka. The Indian Navigator Was killed, But The Pilot, Flight Lt. M.M. Lowe, Bailed Out And Was Taken Prisoner.

Pakistan Air Force Via Air Chief Marshal Jamal A. Khan.



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Pakistan Air Force Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. with Air Cdre M Akbar.


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F-104 One Of The Most Revolutionary Aircraft Ever Built. It was the first aircraft to do sustained Mach 2 flight and the first to hold speed and altitude records simultaneously.
 

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Aerial view of the RAF flying boat-base at Korangi Creek, near Karachi, India. (now Pakistan)
Date: July 1945.
Source: © IWM (CI 1456)



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P-51's MOVING THROUGH THE STREETS OF KARACHI. Unloaded from Liberty ships in Karachi Harbor, these fighter planes were hauled to Karachi Air Base.


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Jeeps tow "P-47 fighter planes" down a street in Karachi, British India, (now Pakistan) after the aircrafts are unloaded in the harbor. These planes are towed 15 miles inland to the air base where they used to be serviced.
Date: 1940


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Thank you for the images. Wonderful find and memories.

P-47 entered RAF service in 1943 and US service in 1942. If they are P-47's then this pic is of around 1943. They might be Brewster Buffalo F2A which were purchase by the British from the Americans to stave of early aircraft shortages in the Asia/Pacific Theater.
 

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PAF Pilots After An Acceptance Flight In Mirage-5DPA2 At Daussault's Bordeaux Plant, Circa 1980.

In The Front Seat Is Shafiq Haider Who Later Retired As An Air Marshal.



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Commissioned painting depicting a PAF B-57 Serial No. 846 "Baba" looping during a general flying mission over training area. - March 1972

Crew - Air Cmdr (retd) Nazir (Bill) Latif
Flt Lt Saleem B Liang in back seat.

16 x 11 inches (unframed) - Watercolors.


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M M Alam

A daring fighter pilot, Top Gun of his own class, war hero, scholar par excellence, a patriotic Pakistani and a committed professional, M M Alam was born in a well-educated family of Calcutta on 6 July 1935, British India.

The family moved to East Pakistan at the time of partition and got settled at Dacca. Alam was the eldest among eleven children of Mr Masood Alam. His father died when he was still in his teens and he himself had to take the reins of his family early in life.

Having completed his secondary education from Govt High School, Dacca in 1951, Alam joined PAF in 1952 and was granted commission on 2 Oct 1953. Soon after graduation, Alam did the Fighter Conversion Course and emerged as a top class fighter Pilot. During the 1965 war with India, he established a combat record, which has written in the history of jet air warfare.

Only few pilots have scored several air victories in one sortie but none have equaled or exceeded Alam’s claim of shooting down number of enemy aircraft within few seconds and no one is likely to match his record of destroying five 'Hunters' of the Indian Air Force within a minute on 7 Sept 1965. This remains a record till today, as during the war, he ruled the fiery skies of battle area with his supreme tactics, razor-sharp reactions and evasive maneuvers.

On 6 Sep 1965 during an aerial combat over enemy territory, Sqn Ldr M M Alam flying as pilot of an F-86 Sabre jet, shot down four enemies Hunter aircraft and damaged two others. Overall, he had nine kills and two damages to his credit.

For the exceptional flying skill and valour displayed by Sqn Ldr M M Alam in operations & number of interception missions flown by him against the enemy aircraft attacking Pakistan Air Force Station, Sargodha, he was awarded SJ with Bar. He was also among the pioneering aircrew that went to France for finalizing the first batch of Mirage III strike interceptors.

His name once again entered into the annals of history when on 8 Mar 1968 he led the formation of first 6 Mirage aircraft while ferrying them from France to Pakistan. His major appointments included air gunnery and tactical instructor at Fighter Leader School, Officer Commanding of No 11, 5 & 26 Squadron, Director of Operation Research, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Flight Safety) & Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (plans) at the Air Headquarters.

Alam retired as an Air Commodore in 1982. A great warrior, a fighter ace, an icon and a national hero breathed his last on 18 Mar 2013 at Karachi. At the funeral, which held at PAF Base Masroor, the men in blue saluted his Pakistani flag wrapped casket for one last time.
 

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