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Chronology of Events of the Pakistan Air Force,
1947 - 1962
The Formative Years ....

1947 August 14               - Royal Pakistan Air Force (RPAF) established.

1947 August 14               - Tiger Moth and Harvard trainer aircraft  transferred from RIAF.

1947 August 15               - Air Vice Marshal Allan Perry-Keane takes over as the first commander of the RPAF.

1947 August 15               - RPAF Flying Training School formed at Risalpur.

1947 August 15               - 4 Tempests performed RPAF's first fly-past on Independence Day parade.

1947 September 22          - First training sortie flown at Risalpur by Flight Lieutenant Khyber Khan.

1948                               - Halifax bomber aircraft inducted.

1948                               - Vickers Viking transport aircraft inducted.

1948 January 1                - RPAF Station Mauripur established.

1948 March 21                - Lahore stages first RPAF display.

1948 April 13                  - Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah visits Risalpur to evaluate the flying Training School to college status and presents the RPAF ensign.

1948 May 8                    - First supply drop by Dakota aircraft in Gilgit Valley.

1948 June 1                    - Air Headquarters moved from Peshawar to Karachi.

1948 August 10               - Flying Officer F.S. Hussain achieves  record air-to-air firing scores at RAF Central Gunnery School in England.

1948 October 8                - Bristol Freighter aircraft inducted.

1948 December 17           - Flying Officer Waseem Khan wins "Clarkson Aerobatics Trophy" at RAF central Flying School in England.

1949 January 15               - Hawker Fury aircraft inducted.

1949 February 5               - Miss Fatima Jinnah presides over the annual athletic meet at RPAF Station Drigh Road (Karachi).

1949 February 12              - Flying Officer Masroor Hosain wins "Clarkson Aerobatics Trophy" at RAF Central Flying School in England.

1949 February 18              - Air Vice Marshal R.L.R. Atcherley takes over as commander of RPAF.

1949 February 22              - First landing by a Dakota at Gilgit airfield which was inaugurated by Air Vice Marshall Atcherley.

1950 January 5                 - RPAF Squash Coach Hashim Khan becomes  world squash champion.

1950 August 14                 - Formation flypast of 27 Harvards on Independence Day parade.

1950  December 14           - Two Risalpur Tempests stage first RPAF display of formation aerobatics.

1951 April 15                    - No.9 Squadron forms the first Aerobatic team of Hawker Furies, "The Red Dragons".

1951 May 7                      - Air Vice Marshal L.W. Cannon assumes command of the RPAF.

1951 June 1                     - Attacker aircraft become the first jet to enter RPAF service.

1952 January 1                - RPAF Station Samungli established.

1952 April 15                   - Flying Instructor's School (FIS) established.

1952 August 17               - First RPAF cadet passes from RAF College Cranwell, England.

1952 December 31           - RPAF Public School Sargodha inaugurated.

1953 January 20              - Flight Lieutenants Hafeez Kardar and Imtiaz Ahmad awarded Pakistan colours in cricket.

1953 April 15                   - Indian Air Act of 1932 replaced by PAF Act 1953.

1953 May 1                     - RPAF Pre-apprentices School, Lower Topa (Murree Hills), commences training.

1954                               - Halifax bombers retired from RPAF service.

1954 March 14                - King Faisal of Iraq visits Drigh Road Air Station.

1955 February 2              - Air Vice Marshal A.W.B. McDonald assumes command of the RPAF.

1955 Febraury 26            - 33 Harvards form letters "RPAF" at air display in Lahore.

1955 May 4                    - Lockheed T-33A trainer aircraft inducted.

1955 May 8                    - Prime Minister Al-Azhari of Sudan visits RPAF Mauripur.

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

1955 November 10          - Governor-General Ghulam Muhammad visits RPAF Mauripur.

1956                              - Attacker aircraft retired from PAF service.

1956 March 23                - 'Royal' deleted from RPAF's title to become 'PAF' and a grand air display held at PAF Station Drigh Road.

1956                               - Viscount transport aircraft inducted.

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

1956 August 20               - Pakistan Colours in World Olympics earned by Flight Lieutenant Salim Mahmud Farooki.

1957                               - Tiger Moth aircraft retired from PAF service.

1957 Febraury 15             - First Rescue helicopter H-19D commissioned at Mauripur Air Station.

1957 Febraury 25             - 7 F-86 Sabres acrobatic team, "The Falcons" formed at Mauripur Air Station.

1957 July 23                    - Air Vice Marshal Asghar Khan becomes the first Pakistani C-in-C of the PAF.

1958 January 17              - Cyclist Flight Lieutenant Salim Mahmud Farooki wins silver medal at Tokyo Asian Games.

1958 February 2              - PAF pilots perform a 16 aircraft formation loop on F-86 Sabres, thus, creating a world record.

1958 June 15                  - Flight Leaders' School (FLS) established.

1958 July 9                     - PAF Skiing and Mountaineering School established at Kalabagh.

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

1959 January 5               - President of Pakistan inaugurates PAF Staff College at PAF Station Drigh Road.

1959 April 1                    - Directorate of Civil Aviation placed under Air Headquarters.

1959 April 10                  - Flight Lieutenant M. Yunis shoots down an intruding Indian Air Force (IAF) Canberra bomber.

1959 April 15                  - PAF Printing Press established at Mauripur.

1959 July 9                    - No.20 Squadron formed.

1959 November 27          - Martin B-57 bomber aircraft inducted.

1960                              - Vickers Viking retired from PAF service.

1960 March 1                 - Air Headquarters moved from Peshawar to Karachi.

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

1961 February 6             - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip of the United Kingdom chief guests at a banquet in PAF Officer's Mess Peshawar.

1961 March 5                - Lockheed F-104 "Starfighter" inducted.

1962 February 1            - Cessna T-37 trainer aircraft inducted.

1962 Febraury 15          - King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand were chief guests at a banquet in PAF Officer's Mess Peshawar.

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

1962 December 12        - No.24 Squadron formed with RB-57 Fs.
 


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