The Hawker Fury FB 60 was the PAF's mainstay fighter during the first half of the 1950s. Ninety-two Furies were inducted during the early 1950s. To convert new pilots onto the new fighter, the PAF also acquired five two-seat trainer versions of the Fury, called the Fury T-61. The two-seater could also be used for operational roles.
In 1947, a Vickers Viking joined the inventory of two Douglas Dakotas and two Harvards of the newly independent Pakistan's first communications flight at Mauripur (Masroor) airfield. The Viking was used exclusively for the travels of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the first Governor General of Pakistan. The aircraft is now preserved in the PAF Museum in honoured memory of the Founder of the Nation.
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Base Commander's Office PAF Peshawar
Even as a young Flying Officer, Fuad Shahid Hussain's incredible mastery in low level aerobatics became legendary in the PAF. Manoeuvring just a few feet above the ground in a Hawker Fury, his propeller wash kicking up dust on the runway, or just missing the tree tops in a graceful 8-point roll, he made it all look like child's play. By the early 1950s he was a rapidly rising star - now known by thousands throughout Pakistan as just "F.S." - and a role model of every fighter pilot in the air force. Tragically, "the prince of pilots" lost his life to diabetes at the young age of 40, when he was an Air Commodore.
For twenty-five years the PAFs new pilots learned to fly in various models of the Harvard trainer. Shown here is one of the Harvards and its starting battery cart, against the early post-Independence setting of the PAF's Flying Training School at Risalpur, the forerunner of the modem Air Academy of today.
In 1952, No 11 Squadron, Drigh Road (now Faisal) Air Base, formed an aerobatic team with the curious name "The Paybills," that happened to be the squadron's call sign. This was the PAF's first jet aerobatic team, flying the squadron's Attackers. The painting shows the formation flying over Manora. This team was led by F S Hussain, the renowned flyer and aerial acrobat of his time.
Squadron Leader F S Hussain
Flight Lieutenant M Z Masud
Flight Lieutenant Pete Malik
Flying Officer A U Ahmed
Pilot Officer Jamal A Khan