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History: November

November 3, 1988: During the Afghan war, PAF F-16 (serial# 84717) piloted by Flight Lieutenant Khalid Mahmood of No. 14 Squadron shot down an Afghan intruder Su-22 over Thal area near the border. The pilot of the ill-fated Sukhoi ejected and was taken POW. [Read also: Hat Trick for Khalid - November 3, 1988]

November 5, 1958: Commander-in-Chief, PAF's rank elevated to Air Marshal.

November 7, 1997: Air Chief Marshal Pervaiz Mehdhi Qureshi takes over as the 15th Chief of the PAF.

November 8, 1980: F-6 Rebuild Factory (F-6 RF) inaugurated at Kamra.

November 8, 1991: Air Chief Marshal Farooq Feroze Khan takes over as Chief of the Air Staff.

November 9, 1973: PAF Base Nawabshah commissioned.

November 9, 1983: PAF accepts first F-16 from Peace Gate II order.

November 9, 1994: Air Chief Marshal M. Abbas Khattak takes over as Chief of the Air Staff.

November 10, 1975: Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF) inaugurated at Kamra.

November 10, 2000: A Mirage 5EF being upgraded in France crashed during a test flight at France.

November 15, 2002: The Mirage 5PA Serial# 405 of Rafiqui PAF Air Base, Shorkot crashed at about 12:20 noon near Chak No 411 JB some 20 km from Toba Tek Singh on Toba-Khumanan Wala Road. It was reported that the pilot, Squadron Leader Hasnat Ikram died from injuries. The plane fell some hundred yards away from a road on a deserted place. Shorkot Airbase officials reached the spot and started shifting the debris of the plane to the airbase. There was, however, no loss of civilian life or property on the ground. The control tower at the air base had lost radio contact with the aircraft soon after it took off.

November 20, 1983: An Afghan pilot defects and lands his Su-7 at Dalbandin Airfield.

November 21, 1997: F-6 crashed near Saranan, about 30 km (18.5 miles) South of Quetta in Baluchistan province while on a routine flight with two other aircraft. The pilot, Flt. Lt. Zarrar Rahman Niazi, ejected but was killed when his parachute failed to open.

November 23, 2009: Pakistan formally joined the international community of fighter aircraft manufacturers as JF-17 Thunder, the first ever multi role state of the art rolled out of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra and was included to the fleet of Pakistan Air Force. Manufactured with the cooperation of China, the event has been termed as a beginning of new era of Pak China friendship. Chief of the Air Staff Rao Qamar Suleman highlighted the efforts of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra in establishing itself as a hub of aviation industry. He lauded the support of Chinese government and Aviation Industries of China without which, he said the project would not have succeeded. [Read also: First indigenously manufactured JF-17 Thunder handed over to PAF]

November 24, 1997: Red Arrow formation aerobatic team visited Pakistan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of independance. Squadron Leader Simon Meade led the team. [Click here to see Golden Jubilee Air Show 1997 Pictures album]

November 30, 1991: PAF accepts first F-16 from Peace Gate III order, but the aircraft are embargoed.

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