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PAF s' Squadrons
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Squadrons are the most basic flying unit of the Pakistan Air Force. Combat aircraft squadrons contain around 20 aircraft. Squadron titles incorporate a squadron number and each squadron also has a nickname associated with it. PAF squadrons are organised into wings which contain multiple squadrons.

Squadron Badge

Operational
Aircraft
Squadron History
No. 1 Squadron
'Rahbars'

1977—
1987—

FT-5
No. 2 Squadron
'Minhas'

1956
1956—1972
1972—1979
1979—1982
1982—1986
1986—1990
1990—1993
1993—

T-33
T-33, RT-33
F-7P


No. 3 Squadron

- -

No. 4 Squadron

1959—1960

1960—1969

SA-16 Albatross
Bristol Freighter

SA-16 Albatross
Sikorsky H-19D
No. 5 Squadron
'Falcons'

1947
1947–~1950s
~1950s—
1967—

Tempest II
Hawker Fury
Mirage III
Mirage III
No. 6 Squadron
'Globe Trotters'

1947
1947—1950
1950—1963
1963—

C-47
C-47, Freighter
C-130
No. 7 Squadron
'Bandits'

1960
1960—1982
1982—1988
1989—1990
1990—1991
1991—1993
1997—
B-57 Canberra
Nanchang A-5C
Nanchang A-5C
Nanchang A-5C
Mirage III
Mirage III ROSE I
No. 8 Squadron
'Haider'

1993—
Mirage 5
No. 9 Squadron
'Griffins'

1943
1943—1947
1947—1950
1950—1961
1961-~1971
1973—1977
1977—1984
1984—

Tempest II
Fury FB.60
F-104A
Mirage 5PA
Mirage 5PA
F-16 A/B


No. 10 Squadron

1959
1959—1960
2009—
B-57 Canberra
Il-78 Midas
No. 11 Squadron
'Arrows'

1949
1949—1949
1951—1956
1956—1966
1966—1983
1983—
Attacker
F-86 Sabre
Shenyang F-6
F-16

No. 12 Squadron

1950—1950
1951—1953
1953—?
Halifax Mk.6/Mk.8
Halifax Mk.6/Mk.8 ?
Viking, Dakota, Fury, Halifax
A-310,B707,Phenom 100,Gulf Stream IV

No. 13 Squadron

2009—
Saab 2000 Erieye
 
No. 14 Squadron
'Shaheens'

1948—1949
1949—
1956—1971
1972—1986
1986—1993
1993—
F-86 Sabre
Shenyang F-6, FT-6
F-16
F-7P
Squadron History: 1947-1982

Squadron History: 1948-1988

Squadron History: 1988-1998
No. 15 Squadron
'Cobras'

1956—1973
1973—1976
1976—1993
1993—1997
1998—

F-86 Sabre, T-33
Shenyang F-6
Shenyang F-6
Chengdu F-7P
Mirage III

No. 16 Squadron 'Panthers'

1957—1963
1970—1972
1982—1983
1983—
F-86 Sabre
F-86 Sabre
Shenyang F-6
A-5C, FT-6
No. 17 Squadron
'Tigers'

1957
1958—1977
1977—2001
2001-

F-86 Sabre
Shenyang F-6
F-7PG
No. 18 Squadron
'War Hawks'

19581980
19811989
1989
1999

F-86 Sabre
Mirage 5
Chengdu F-7P
Chengdu F-7P
No. 19 Squadron
'Sherdils'

1958—1977
1977—1989
1990—

F-86 Sabre
Shenyang F-6
Chengdu F-7P
Chengdu FT-7
No. 20 Squadron
'Cheetahs'

1956—1972
1972—1986
1986—1988
1988—

RT-33
Mirage IIIRP
Shenyang F-6
Chengdu F-7P
Chengdu F-7PG


No. 22 Squadron
'Ghazis'

1984
Mirage IIIDE,5EF
No. 23 Squadron
'Talons'

1961—1964
1966—
1975—2002
2002—

Hawker Fury
Shenyang F-6
Chengdu F-7PG

No. 24 Squadron 'Blinders'

1962-~1977
1987—
RB-57
Falcon DA-20
No. 25 Squadron
'Night Strike Eagles'

19661995
19961998
1997

Shenyang F-6
Mirage III ROSE I
Mirage 5EF ROSE II
No. 26 Squadron
'Black Spiders'

1967—1980
1980—1984
1984—2010
2010—

F-86 Sabre
Shenyang F-6
A-5C
JF-17
No. 27 Squadron
'Zarrars'

2007—
Mirage 5 ROSE III
 
 
Bibliography
1. History of the Pakistan Air Force 1947-1982
2. The story of the Pakistan Air Force 1948-1988
3. The story of the Pakistan Air Force 1988-1998
 
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