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History: July

July 1, 1970: PAF Stations re-titled as 'PAF Bases'.

July 5, 2000: PAF Mirage-5 crashed 40 miles north of Masroor Air Base. The pilot ejected safely.
July 5, 2006: Pakistan Air force has changed the designs of the ranks insignia affixed on the shoulders of its various officers.

July 7, 1973: PAF Base Multan commissioned.

July 9, 1959: No. 20 Squadron formed.

July 10, 1983: PAF Book Club established.
July 10, 2010: A contingent of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 aircraft along with fighter pilots and technical crew departed a PAF Base for USA to participate in the Red Flag Exercise 2010. Red Flag, one of the most reputed Air Force exercises in the world, is being held periodically in USA since 1975. [Click here to see video of PAF staff leaving for US includes pilots, technicians and senior officers]

July 12, 2003: PAF Mirage aircraft of PAF crashed near Shorkot in Punjab province whilst on a routine training sortie. The pilot Sq. Ldr. Shahab Nawaz was killed in the crash.

July 13, 1985: Two defecting Afghan Mi-24 "Hind" gunship helicopters land at Miranshah Airfield.

July 14, 1943: Date of Birth: Air Chief Marshal M. Abbas Khattak NI(M).

July 15, 1975: Air Defence Command (ADC) Established.

July 19, 1955: Flying Training Wing (FTW) formed at Risalpur.

July 20, 2000: PAF F-7 crash-landed at Dera Ismail Khan airport. The pilot emerged unhurt. The plane was on a routine flight from Hyderabad to Mianwali when it developed some technical fault and made crash-landing.

July 22, 1957: Air Vice Marshal A W B McDonald, RAF Retired from CAS.

July 23, 1965: Air Marshal M. Nur Khan assumes command of the PAF as Chief of the Air Staff.

July 25, 1925: Date of Birth: Air Marshal A Rahim Khan.

July 26, 2001: Mirage IIIO(A) that took-off from Masroor AFB impacted terrain during a night mission near Hub river, killing Gp Capt Ali Asad, Officer Commanding (Flying).

July 27, 2000: Army Aviation Mushshak crashed near Rawalakot in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, injuring both pilots. The plane was on a routine training flight when it developed problems and was forced to make an emergency landing.

July 28, 2005: Mirage crashed, some 80 kilometers south-west of Islamabad, The pilot managed to eject in time. Mirage aircraft crashed at Basal, an area located south-west of the capital. The pilot ejected and there were no casualties on the ground. The aircraft was on a routine flight when it crashed.

July 30, 1998: F-7 Crashed in a crowded street 6 of Data Nagar at Orangi Town, killing six on ground and injuring another 25. The plane had developed engine trouble while on approach to land at Masroor AB after a training flight and when the engine seized at 1,500ft the pilot tried his best to steer the aircraft away from homes, delaying his ejection just before the crash and his parachute got entangled in power cables only 100 yards from the plane.

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