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History: October

October 1, 1966: PAF Airfield at Shorkot renamed Rafiqui Airfield in memory of Squadron Leader Sarfraz Rafiqui.

October 3, 1997: F-7P fighter crashed near Lahore due to a bird strike injuring a farmer on the ground.

October 4, 1962: No. 19 Squadron becomes the first squadron to be stationed at PAF Station, Dhaka in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

October 6, 1990: The US embargoes F-16 deliveries to Pakistan, and a total of 28 Pakistan F-16A/B block 15OCU aircraft are put in flyable hold storage in the Sonoran desert. [Click here to Read more]

October 8, 1948: Bristol Freighter aircraft inducted.

October 9, 1995: A fighter aircraft crashed, seriously injuring the pilot.

October 10, 1979: Senior Technician Daulat Khan becomes the World Amateur Squash Champion.

October 12, 1986: A defecting Afghan pilot lands his Mig-21 at Kohat airfield.

October 13, 2009: PAF accepts first F-16 from Peace Drive order. [Click here to Read more]

October 15, 1987: Blue uniforms introduced to replace khaki.

October 16, 2003: A Mirage-5 aircraft of PAF which was on a routine training flight, crashed two miles east of Quaid-e-Azam International airport and inside Malir cantonment. Both the instructor & pilot ejected safely.

October 21, 1987: Warrant Officer Jansher Khan wins World Open Squash Championship.

October 22, 1994: The F-16A Serial# 82701 of No. 11 Squadron crashed near Sargodha.

October 26, 1999: Mirage IIIE fighter was on a routine flight when it crashed north of its base near Karachi. The pilot ejected safely.

October 27, 1965: September 7 declared as Pakistan Air Force Day.

October 28, 1991: F-16 Serial# 85725 of No. 14 Squadron crashed near Sargodha.

October 29, 2002: The Army Aviation Bell 206B landed hard in a mountainous area. The helicopter received significant damage to the under carriage but all occupants were able to escape safely.

October 30, 1999: Two army captains Shahid Aulak and Massod Ullah Baig were killed when their Mushshak crashed nose first into the ground. The two pilots were on a training mission from the near by Rahwali Base.

October 31, 1995: SA-315B Lama Shot down by Indian Forces.

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