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History: August

August 1, 1992: SA-315B Lama Crashed in a snow storm caused a white-out at Siachen Glacier.

August 4, 1988:
PAF F-16 shoots down Russian Su-25 in Miranshah area during Afghan war.

August 5, 2005:
PAF Mirage crashed due to technical malfunction, while on a routine operational training mission 28 Miles North East of Quetta. The Pilot of the aircraft ejected safely. No loss of civilian life or property on ground.

August 5, 2009:
PAF pilot was martyred when his aircraft crashed near Attock city in the eastern Punjab province on a training flight. FT-7 aircraft went down because of technical problems. It said that the pilot, Flight Lieutenant Shehryar Nisar (Tamgha-i-Basalat), martyred in the crash but no loss of civilian life or property has been reported from the ground. The PAF says its Air Headquarters have ordered a board of inquiry to determine the cause of accident.

August 10, 1999: Pakistan Navy ASW Atlantic c/n 33 of the 29 Sqd was cowerdly shot down by two Indian Mig-21s that violated into Pakistani airspace and left after firing an air-to-air missile at the propellor driven aircraft. The Atlantic had taken off from PNS Mehran at 9:15am and was on-bound to Karachi for a 4 hour flight to Karachi when at 10:55am ground control lost all contact with the plane. The wreckage was later found some two miles inside the Pakistani border. The crew included the following personnel. Lt Comdr Mehboob, Comdr Farasat of DHA Karachi, Lt Rizwan Masood, Lt Azhar, Lt Zarrar, sailor Mohammed Tariq, sailor Nawazish, sailor Mohammed Hussain, sailor Mohammed Sarwar, sailor Aftab Ahmed, sailor Mohammed Riaz, sailor Wahid Iqbal, sailor Mohammad Yasin, sailor Mohammad Hafeez, sailor S. Mehmood and sailor M. N. Masood.

August 12, 2001: PAF Fighter jet crashed near Samungli Air Field, Quetta during a routine training flight. The pilot, however, ejected safely and no damage to life and property on crash site was reported.

August 13, 1996: F-6 crashed in a camp in the outskirts of Quetta. The pilot ejected but was seriously injured and removed to a military hospital by a helicopter. Three people on ground died while another 11 were injured. The pilot had tried to steer the aircraft to the airbase after it developed a technical fault during a routine training flight, but the jet plunged to the ground in village Paindabad, located in the city's outskirts.

August 14, 1972: First Formation Aerobatics display by Four T-37s at Risalpur.

August 15, 1947: RPAF Flying Training School formed at Risalpur.
August 15, 1947: Air Vice Marshal Allan Perry-Keene takes over as first commander of the RPAF.
August 15, 1947: Four Tempests performed RPAF's first fly-past on Independence Day parade.

August 17, 1988: The C-130 carrying the then Chief Executive of Pakistan Zia-ul-Haq and other Generals and diplomats exploded mid-air shortly after take-off. The incident was never fully explained and possible sabotage is believed to have caused the crash.

August 18, 2003: PAF F-7P Crashed near Makhad, 44 miles north west of Islamabad. The Pilot managed to eject safely.

August 20, 1956: Pakistan Colours in World Olympics earned by Flight Lieutenant Salim Mahmood Farooki.

August 20, 1971: Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas (Shaheed) awarded Nishan-i-Haider (posthumous), Pakistan's highest military decoration after downing his own plane a few minutes after being hijacked by a PAF Instructor working for Indian military intelligence with the intention of taking him and the plane to India. It is later revealed that India wanted to humiliate Pakistan by concocting a story that Minhas had defected. [Click here to Read more]

August 20, 2009: Pakistan Air force has started commencement of Falco UAV Co-Production Project. The commencement of Falco UAV Co-Production Project was inaugurated at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra. Falco is an advanced tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) designed by Selex Galileo, Italy and will be co-produced by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra. Falco UAV would address the present and future surveillance and reconnaissance needs of Pakistan Air Force. [Click here to see Falco Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pictures album]

August 26, 2005: Fighter Aircraft crashed , some 350 kilometers of Karachi, The pilot managed to eject in time. The crash apparently occurred due to technical malfunction. No loss of civilian life or property on ground.

August 26, 1996: Three villagers were killed and 13 injured when a Pakistan Air Force F-6 fighter crashed into Paind Khan village near Samungli Air Base. The pilot sustained only superficial injuries.

August 30, 1994: PAF A-5 Crashed somewhere in Peshawar after notifying a technical problem.

August 31, 1994: Flying Officer Imran Yousaf, crashed while trying to land an F-7P aircraft after it lost its canopy. He was fatally injured. The aircraft belonged to the No 19 OCU.

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