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History: February

February 1, 1962: Cessna T-37 trainer aircraft enters PAF aircraft inventory.

February 2, 1955: Air Vice Marshal A.W.B. McDonald assumes command of the RPAF.
February 2, 1958: PAF pilots perform a 16 aircraft formation loop on F-86 Sabres, thus, creating a world record.

February 5, 1949: Miss Fatima Jinnah presides over the annual athletic meet at RPAF Station Drigh Road (Karachi).
February 5, 1994: First F-7P aircraft roll out after overhaul at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra.

February 6, 1961: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip of the United Kingdom chief guests at a banquet in PAF Officer's Mess Peshawar.
February 6, 1996: A fighter plane while on a routine training mission crashed today near Manser Camp in district Attock in northwestern Pakistan. No casualty was reported so far as the pilot of the aircraft ejected safely.
February 6, 2002: The F-7 on a solo training flight crashed in southern part of Sind near Mirpurkhas. The pilot ejected safely.

February 7, 1966: PAF Women's Association (PAFWA) inaugurated.

February 10, 2003: The A-5 crashed on ground at Balksar Interchange near Chakwal. The pilot, Flt. Lt. Nadeem Bhatti received fatal injuries after failing to eject.

February 10, 2007: Pakistan Aeronautical Complex achieves capability of k-8 Aircraft Overhaul. The first K-8 Advanced Jet Trainer rolled out of F-6 Rebuild Factory, PAC Kamra after its General Overhaul. The aircraft was sent to F-6 Rebuild factory for general overhaul after completing 2000 flying hours. The occasion was marked by an auspicious ceremony held at F-6 Rebuild Factory. Air Marshal Rashid Kalim, Vice Chief of the Air Staff Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest on the occasion.

February 11, 1969: PAF Station Murid commissioned.
February 11, 1987: PAF Base Rajanpur commissioned.

February 12, 1949: Flying Officer Masroor Hosain wins "Clarkson Aerobatics Trophy" at RAF Central Flying School in England.
February 12, 1983: PAF took delivery of the first batch of six A-5Cs attack aircraft. A-5s landed at Rafiqui and were delivered to the PAF's No. 16 'Panthers' Squadron. Wing Commander Hamid Saeed Khan was placed in command of the No. 16 'Panthers' Squadron which was given a Tactical Attack role. [See A-5C Fantan Pictures album]
February 12, 1984: PAF Base Minhas established.

February 14, 1997: The plane crashed after a bird strike. The pilot ejected safely.

February 15, 1957: First Rescue helicopter H-19D commissioned at Mauripur Air Station.
February 15, 1962: King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand were chief guests at a banquet in PAF Officer's Mess Peshawar.

February 18, 1949: Air Vice Marshal R.L.R. Atcherley takes over as commander of RPAF.

February 18, 2010: Pakistan has attained another mile stone when the first JF-17 Thunder Squadron has joined the PAF fighter aircraft fleet. To mark this historic occasion, a ceremony for the formal induction of JF-17 Thunder aircraft in the PAF was held at one of the Operational Bases. Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, while addressing the Airmen said, I congratulate the nation and all personnel of PAF on this momentous occasion. JF-17 Thunder has the capability to under take entire spectrum of offensive as well as defensive missions. By joining the elite ranks of PAF, the JF-17 would not only enhance the combat readiness of PAF but also form its back-bone in future. [See also: JF-17 Thunder Pictures album]

February 20, 2003: Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir martyred along with his wife Bilquis Mir and all other 15 officers, when their Fokker F-27 (Serial# J-10254) crashed during a routine flight to Kohat Airbase. The casualties included other high ranking officials of the Air Force including two Principal Staff Officers; Air Vice Marshal Abdul Razzaq, DCAS (Training) and Air Vice Marshal Saleem Nawaz, DCAS (Administration) and all of Air Chief's personal staff officers including Air Commodore Syed Javaid Sabir, Secretary to CAS, Air Commodore Rizwanullah Khan, PSO to CAS and Group Captain Aftab Cheema, APSO to CAS, Wing Commander Syed Tabassam Abbas, ADC to CAS. The casualties also included the pilots Squadron Leader Mumtaz Kiani, Squadron Leader Ahmed Yousaf, and Squadron Leader Abdul Rab; and the staff Senior Technician Khan Muhammad, Senior Technician Ghazanfar Ali, Corporal Technician Muhammad Ashraf, Corporal Technician Fayyaz, Corporal Technician Khush Kadam Shah and Corporal Technician Amjad Pervez. [See also: Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir]

February 22, 1949: First landing by a Dakota at Gilgit airfield which was inaugurated by Air Vice Marshall Atcherley.

February 25, 1957: 7 F-86 Sabres acrobatic team, "The Falcons" formed at Mauripur Air Station.

February 26, 1955: 33 Harvards form letters "RPAF" at air display in Lahore.
February 26, 1971: Cadet Saeed Ahmed wins the "Battle of Britain Aerobatics Trophy" at RAF College Cranwell.

February 27, 1974: Libya's ruler Muammar Qaddafi witnesses fire power demonstration at Jamrud.

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