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Tiger of Sargodha: Story of Wing Commander Hasnat - one of the best pilots PAF has ever produced

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    Here is the story of Wg Commander Hasnat. one of the best pilots PAF has ever produced. Unfortunately he never saw combat. He died in a crash during an air display in 1983/84. My dad who was the ACAS (Flight Safety) at that time brought the video home and I saw it with him...it was sad to watch...incredible air display but he pushed the F-6 too hard and stalled in his very last maneuver....I think he was trying to pull a loop with relatively low speed similar to what an F-16 does. this was in front of the top PAF brass as well as US delegation including US Chief of Air Staff and Charlie Wilson. Hasnat's wife was also in the audience. My dad remarked: " PAF can always produce more F-6s but will never be able to produce another Hasnat"

    One correction about the story in this article...the crash happened after PAF acquired the F-16s not before as F-16s participated in this air display after the crash...for some reason they continued the display despite the crash. I have to say that F-6 display even beat the F-16 except of course the crash.

     
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    إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎‎
    A very sad story of such a huge lose. May Allah bless his soul.
     
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    "I wouldn't say this job is dangerous....but it is extremely unforgiving" - Cmdr. (retd) John "Gucci" Foley, Blue Angel # 5.

    That is the price of pushing the envelope too far.....the F-6 was a lot more unforgiving compared to the highly-augmented F-16.
     
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    Hi,

    All machines have their limitations---. A smart operator understands that---.
     
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    Death comes to all. It seems he was a bit too good for bis own welfare. No disrespect to fhe fallen but you always know the limits of your platform.
     
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    what a sad story :'(
     
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    Can you post video of that
     
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    The martyr made his point as per task given to him even at cost of his life this is called Junoon which seldom can understand.
     
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    Video was not available to the public..infact PTV was asked not to show that video in the news and PTV complied. I wish I had made copy of that video but I didn't so unfortuntately it is probably buried in the archives of PAF somewhere in the FLight Safety directorate or the media / archive dept
     
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    Sir,

    That was 'suicide'---. The officer had no right of 'Junoon'---he was a serving member of the air force---the nation had spent millions on his training---.

    He was a servant of the state---and obligated to act within reason when there was no obvious threat to the integrity of the nation.

    Military service members cannot go half cocked or full cocked and lay down their lives just like that.
     
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    I knew the family way back then. He was a very calm, yet intense person to meet, not a junooni by any measure. The F-6 was known as a widowmaker in the beginning given its tendency to flame out at high AoA which often took the pilot by surprise. More experience with the platform improved overall safety and performance to the extent that it gave an outstanding performance even against F-15s some time later, again in Sargodha.
     
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    Sir u and perhaps respectable member VCheng didn't get the real meaning of my statement as you both perhaps taken literary meaning of Junoon.
    On other hand what I have found here is that a duty was assigned to the Martyr and he honestly fulfilled hi job and at end lost his life. Such incidents do happen through out the world even in case of modern jets. Sorry but millions do not replace life as such things can only be felt by Martyrs families even when they get enough perks. Sir I humbly request you not to use aggressive Yankee language every where.
     
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    Hi,

    That was not Yankee language---but rather islamic language---..

    The islamic republic of pakistan spent 15 years to train him to fight the enemy---and he decided to give up his life in a moment of excitement just to show off---.
     
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    Let us just say that he was martyred while performing his assigned duties to the best of his abilities - and leave it at that.
     
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    There is no harm in selection of proper words, on lighter side what is happening in the country personally for me it is no more an Islamic country. I may differ your thoughts but respect is there for u. May be u can come back home and join PAF project Azm so no more pilots may have to give away their lives due to inferior jets. To me even Mirage-III are flying coffins whether people agree with me or not. More or less same case is with F7Ps.
     
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