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History: June

June 1, 1948: Air Headquarters moved from Peshawar to Karachi.
June 1, 1951: Attacker aircraft become the first jet to enter RPAF service.

June 3, 1987: PAF F-16A hit a wild boar on the runway during takeoff from Sargodha AB. The plane's nose wheel was knocked off after hitting a wild boar. The plane skidded along the runway, and caught fire.

June 5, 1944: Date of Commission: Air Marshal A Rahim Khan.

June 5, 1967: Hunter kills a Super Mystere: During an encounter over the Jordanian air base Mafrak, Flight Lieutenant Saiful Azam shot down an Israeli Super Mystere and damaged another.

June 7, 1967: Hunter Vs Mirages -Iraq: Flight Lieutenant Saiful Azam, PAF, destroys an Israeli Mirage in Iraq, his second encounter with Israelis in the Middle East, in which he is shown despatching one of the Mirages that were escorting the Israeli Vatour bombers. Moments later, he would bring down one of the two escaping Vatour bombers, seen in desert camouflage flying at low altitude in the background. Two days earlier he had shot down an Israeli Super Mystere over Mafrak Air Base, Jordan. The officer was decorated with gallantry awards after the war both by Jordan and Iraq. He had already earned Sitara-i-Jurat during the 65 war when he shot down an Indian Gnat.
June 7, 2002: PAF F-16 piloted by Squadron Leader Zulfiqar and Squadron Leader Afzal (GIBS) of No. 9 MR Squadron 'Griffins' destroy an intruding UAV (Searcher-II) of IAF on the night, during Ops Sentinel. This was the first kill of a UAV by any fighter aircraft in the world. [See also: Operations and Deployments Pictures album]

June 10, 2005: Pakistan Air Force set a new record of no accident in the first five months of the year 2005, said Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Kaleem Saadat. "There was no air accident except a ground accident when a compressor exploded," he said. No F-16 accident took place in 10 years which itself speaks about the professionalism in PAF and the highest standards being maintained by its officers.

June 11, 1953:
Date of Commission: Air Chief Marshal Jamal A Khan SJ, NI(M).
June 11, 2010: An aviation cadet Mahhad Nayyer of Pakistan Air Force Academy, Risalpur, makes the nation proud when he became the one of the international cadets worldwide selected to attend the US Air Force Academy. Aviation Cadet Nayyer will become one of more than 4,000 students who will receive an accredited Bachelor of Science degree after an intensive four-year curriculum of study at the USAF Academy.

June 13, 1956: North American F-86F "Sabre" aircraft inducted.

June 15, 1958: Flight Leaders' School (FLS) established.
June 15, 2009: Setting a precedence in the country’s defence history, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani himself co-piloted the PAF’s force multiplier - Fighting Falcon - F-16 aircraft. Daring Gen. Kayani, at the age of 58, clad in G-Suit as a PAF’s fighter pilot embarked upon a mission from an Operational Air Base of the country. COAS kept flying in the combat aircraft which usually ferries at over double speed of sound for an around one hour and viewed his brave troops engaged on ground in Operation Rah-e-Raast in various parts of Malakand, Swat and Bannu. [See also: Operations and Deployments Pictures album]

June 16, 1991: The F-16 Serial no. 85-723 crashed killing a child on ground. The pilot managed to eject.

June 18, 2001: The F-7P crashed during a routine flight near Peshawar. The pilot ejected safely.

June 19, 1955: Air Vice Marshal L W Cannon, RAF Retired from CAS.

June 20, 1965: RAF Period as C-in-C: Air Vice Marshal A W B McDonald.

June 21, 1964: Date of Commission: Air Chief Marshal Parvaiz Mehdi Qureshi NI(M).

June 24, 1960: PAF C-in-C's title changed to "Chief of the Air Staff".

June 26, 2010: PAF received first batch of Three F-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon jets. The first batch of three jets customised to the needs of the Pakistan Air Force, have landed in Pakistan. The induction of multi-role F-16C/D Block 52 will give a great edge and a potent punch to Pakistan Air Force (PAF). [Read more: Three F-16 Block 52 aircraft are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on June 26]

June 27, 1979: First convocation of the award of B. Sc.degree held at PAF Academy, Risalpur.

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