Today, we remember one of the courageous and dauntless air warrior of PAF - Flt Lt Fazal Elahi, who was born on 1 Jan, 1944. Loaded with passion and avidity, he joined the illustrious ranks of Fighter Pilots on 10 Jan 1964 and later graduated with flying colours. His expertise in gunnery and air combat earned him great respect among his peers.
During the 1971 war, he was a part of No 26 squadron which was equipped with the formidable Sabre aircraft. Despite his low experience, he volunteered for all strike missions deep inside enemy territory. He was also a part of the daring team that struck the first blow to IAF bases of Srinagar and Avantipura and subsequently was part of every strike package till 7 Dec, 1971.
On the morning of 8 Dec, he climbed the cockpit of his venerable Sabre for one last time for a strike mission to Chamb-Jaurian sector. Undaunted by the dangers of the mission, the formation dashed towards the target. As he dove for the first run, the heavy anti-aircraft guns opened up and created a web of formidable fire over the target. Despite heavy fire, Fazal continued his mission. After the first pass, once he came in for the second run, a heavy shell struck his aircraft and the great legend embraced the destiny of martyrdom that every soldier wish for.
Despite his youth, he displayed exemplary courage and left a legacy worthy of being emulated by later generations. He was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat for his courage, bravery and devotion to service.
05 January, 2022: PAF pays tribute to the legendary Air Marshal Muhammad Asghar Khan (17 January, 1921 - 5 January, 2018), the first Pakistani Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Air Force on his 4th death anniversary. Air Marshal Muhammad Asghar Khan was born on 17 January, 1921.
He joined Royal Indian Air Force in December, 1940. After the independence, he was transferred to the Royal Pakistan Air Force and was appointed as the first Commandant of the Pakistan Air Force Academy (then known as RPAF College) in Risalpur from 1947 to 1949.
Later in 1957, he was promoted to the rank of Air Marshal and at the age of 36 he became the youngest ever Pakistani Commander-in-Chief of PAF. In recognition of his selfless services to the nation, PAF Academy, Risalpur was named as PAF Academy Asghar Khan in 2017.
On 27 February 2019, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) conducted Operation Swift Retort as a retaliatory strike against the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) airspace violations, which led to the shooting down of MiG 21 Bison & Su-30 MKI by Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Air Force F-16A Block 15 #82701 Is Photographed With Flight Lieutenant Shahid Sikander Khan Beside It.
His F16 was shot down by friendly Air craft during afghan war, that was serial 85720 in 1987
25 Jan marks the historic day of Color Presentation to the elite No 9 Multi-Role Sqn "Griffins"
The Sqn earned three gallantry awards and three kills during 1965 war.
Whereas in the 1971 war, the Sqn bagged two gallantry awards after being credited for seven kills against IAF.