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PAF pays tribute to Air Cdre MM Alam (Late) on his 8th death anniversary. Alam shot down 5 Indian jets in under one minute during the 1965 war. In 11 days of war, he had total 9 kills. The legendary hero was awarded ‘Sitara-e-Jurat’ with BAR for his bravery & valor.




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Air Marshal Shabbir Hussain Syed Sitara-e-Jurat
officer commanding of the lone 14 Sqn "Tail Choppers", stationed at Tezgaon in September 1965. led the devastating strike mission at Kalaikunda -
8 enemy aircraft were written off on 7ᵗʰ September, mostly Canberras and Vampires.



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The Pioneers of Mirage Programme Called Blue Flash One consisted of six selected pilots by Air Marshal Nur Khan. The first six Pakistani Instructors pilots chosen to be trained in France were the following :-

(1) Wg Cdr MM Alam
(2) Sqn Ldr Hakeemullah
(3) Flt Lt Farooq Feroz Khan
(4) Flt Lt Rao Akhtar
(5) Flt Lt Farooq Umar
(6) Flt Lt Arif Manzoor.

These six best pilots were to return home as instructors and to train all the other follow on pilots in Pakistan , Thus saving million of dollars of precious foreign exchange. A great saving for cash strapped Pakistan. And in good time just prior to the 1971 Indo Pakistan War.





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Sqn Ldr: M M Alam.....Sitara e Jurat


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The day was 7th of September, 1965 and the location was Sargodha. Squadron Leader M. M. Alam along
with his wingman got airborne in his F 86E to challenge the intruding aircraft of the Indian Air Force. While he was hovering over Sargodha, Alam saw four Hunters appearing from the south-east direction. Hunter is a much faster aircraft than F 86E.

At that time, there was another formation of the PAF aircraft also in the air that was being led by Flt Lt. Bhatti. Both the PAF formations started chasing the Indian Hunters.

When the PAF pilots tried to close on to the Hunters, they started jettisoning their fuel tanks so as to acquire the required speed and fire at them. At this time, as luck would have it, the aircraft being piloted by Bhatti, couldn’t detach its fuel tank due to some technical fault and as a result he had to abandon this mission.

Now, Alam and his wingman had to face four Indian Hunters all by themselves. Seeing the offensive intentions of the PAF pilots, the Indian Hunters adopted a defensive mode and were trying to run. Alam and his wingman kept chasing them and started coming close to them.

Alam and his wingman were being provided cover by M Arif Iqbal (now retired Wing Commander) who was monitoring the whole affair in his F 104 hovering above. He was ready to chase any of the Hunters if it decided to escape from Alam.

When Alam was ready to engage the first Hunter on his extreme right out of the four, he spotted a fifth one further to the right. At the last moment, Alam decided to go after this fifth one.

Within 2 seconds, Alam had shot down the first out of the five Hunters of the Indian Air Force, an air force that was five times the Pakistan Air Force. The Hunter hit the ground and caught fire.

After killing the first one, Alam went after the next Hunter. Within a few seconds, the second Hunter was also shot down and that also caught fire.

Now, the remaining three Hunters, instead of challenging Alam, adopted a defensive posture. Alam chased the third one and fired and destroyed the third one as well!

Now, only two aircraft were left which were to be tackled by Alam. He took aim and shot both of these aircraft too. The entire operation came to its successful conclusion within a time of less than a minute!
After accomplishing this unusual feat, Alam landed as a War Hero of the Pakistan Air Force. He had written history in military aviation. He had shot down five Indian aircraft with one in a record time of less than a minute which remains a record till today! He was awarded a gallantry award of Sitara-i-Jurrat (The Star of Courage) for his exceptional flying aptitude and courage.
 

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On 4-Aug-88 the world was Shocked when PAF Squadron Leader Athar Bukhari shot intruding Super power's Soviet Su-25, the pilot Alexander Rutskoi who would later become vice president of Russia,
The expert senior pilot was taken prisoner by Pakistan. Tensions peaked in the region .





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Air Chief, Air Marshal Rahim Khan with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Abdur Rahim Khan was commissioned in the British Indian Air Force on 5 June 1944. During his post independence service in the PAF, he was the first commander of its only jet squadron, No. 11 Squadron, and No. 9 Squadron. He became a member of MACH Buster's Club by breaking the sound barrier in United States of America. He was the first Asian to have achieved this honour.
 

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The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul.
April 13 marked the death anniversary of the Legendary Group Captain Cecil Chaudhry (SJ, SBt)
One of Pakistan most loved war heroes.


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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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An artist's impression of Group Captain Zafar "Mitty" Masud, Base Commander of PAF Sargodha during the '65 Operations, with the likes of Alauddin, Rafiqui, Alam and Muniruddin.
 

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