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Bristol Brigand photographed in Iraq in 1948 during delivery flight to Pakistan. PAF, during the year 1948, was in urgent need of aircraft to augment and replace its aging Tempests. As a frantic search, a deal was struck with the Bristol Company for the initial purchase of eight Light Bomber aircraft by the PAF to equip No. 11 Squadron. [Picture courtesy: Terry Fox]
Bristol Brigand photographed in Iraq in 1948 during delivery flight to Pakistan. The aircraft selected was the Brigand, a twin-engine long range bomber with more than usual maneuverability for a light bomber. It could carry a bomb load of 4,000 pounds over long distances. [Picture courtesy: Terry Fox] [Read also: PAF No. 11 Squadron History: 1948-1988]
Bristol Brigand aircraft acquired by the RPAF - January 1949, with the air and ground crew at Filton airfield. On January 11, 1949, the Brigand ferry flight took off from Blackbushe in south England, bound for Istres on the south coast of France. Istres was an airbase near Marseilles manned by the RAF, and used as a staging post for aircraft flying from UK to Malta and the Middle East. [Picture courtesy: Air Cdre (Retd) Kamal Ahmad]
The Pakistan Brigand N 1125 with the crew before taking off for Pakistan. L-R: Flg Off Kamal Ahmad, Sqn Ldr Abdullah Beg, Flg Off Hyland. No. 11 Squadron was first formed as a light bomber unit on January 1, 1949 at RPAF Station Mauripur; it was to be equipped with twin-engined Brigand aircraft. [Picture courtesy: Air Cdre (Retd) Kamal Ahmad]
Sqn Ldr Abdullah Beg with Brigand N 1125. He was OC designate of No. 11 Squadron, which was to receive Brigand aircraft. The first Brigand crashed on its way to Pakistan and procurement of these aircraft was cancelled. The crew arrived at Mauripur on board a Royal Air Force York, two days later leaving behind the aircraft. [Picture courtesy: Air Cdre (Retd) Kamal Ahmad]
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