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Chronology of Events of the Pakistan Air Force,
1963 - 1977
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1963                          - Hawker Fury aircraft retired from PAF service.

1963 March 1            - Lockheed C-130B "Hercules" aircraft inducted.

1963 April 19             - Warrant Officer Jansher Khan becomes the World Junior Squash Champion.

1964                          - RB-57 bomber aircraft retired from PAF service.

1964 October 27        - 4 B-57s perform first ever formation aerobatics by bombers.

1965 March 1             - College of Aeronautical Engineering (CAE) inaugurated.

1965 April 1               - First PAF Model School starts functioning at Mauripur.

1965 July 23              - Air Marshal M. Nur Khan assumes command of the PAF as Chief of the Air Staff.

1965 September 1     - Squadron Leader Sarfraz Rafiqui and Flight Lieutenant Imtiaz Bhatti shoot down 4 IAF Vampires with no loss.

1965 September 6      - No.19 Squadron carry out devastating strike at Pathankot Air Base in India.

1965 September 7      - No.14 Squadron carry out spectacular strike at Kalaikunda Air Base in India.

1965 September 7      - Squadron Leader M.M. Alam shoots down 5 Indian Hunters in one sortie in his F-86 Sabre, thereby creating a world record.

1965 September 12    - PAF C-130 attacks and destroys Kathua Bridge in India with 18,000 lbs. of bombs.

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

1965 December 30    - Chinese F-6 (modified Mig-19) aircraft inducted.

1966                         - Harvard and Freighter aircrafts retired  from PAF service.

1966                         - IL-28 (B-56) bomber aircraft inducted.

1966 February 7       - PAF Women's Association (PAFWA) inaugurated.

1966 April 1             - PAF Public schools raised to Intermediate level.

1966 April 9             - Academic qualification for flight cadets raised to Intermediate level.

1966 May 11            - College of Aeronautical Engineering (CAE) shifted to PAF College, Risalpur.

1966 January 25        - Risalewala and Bhagtanwala commissioned.

1966 July 20             - Malir established.

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

1967 January 21        - President Ayub Khan elevates PAF College, Risalpur to Academy status.

1968                         - Viscount aircraft retired from PAF service.

                                - Mirage 5 aircraft inducted.

1968 May 24           - Mauripur renamed PAF Station Masroor in memory of Air Commodore Masroor Hosain.

1968 September 7    - National Standard presented to the PAF by  the President of Pakistan.

1969                        - IL-28 (B-56) retired from PAF service.

1969 January 6         - PAF Station Jacobabad commissioned.

1969 February 11     - PAF Station Murid commissioned.

1969 March 14         - First F-6 Formation Aerobatics by No.25 Squadron witnessed by Marshal Grechko of USSR.

1969 May 20            - PAF Station Talhar commissioned.

1969 September 1     - Air Marshal A. Rahim Khan becomes Chief of the Air Staff.

1970 January 18        - PAF Station Sukker commissioned.

1970 March 18          - King Hussein of Jordan witnesses air display at Sargodha.

1970 July 1                - PAF Stations re-titled as 'PAF Bases'.

1970 October 27       - Mianwali raised to PAF Base.

1971 January 15         - PAF Base Chander commissioned.

1971 Febraury 26       - Cadet Saeed Ahmed wins the "Battle of Britain Aerobatics Trophy" at RAF College Cranwell.

1971 August 22          - Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas (Shaheed) awarded Nishan-i-Haider (posthumous), Pakistan's highest military decoration after downing his own plane a few minutes after being hijacked by a PAF Instructor working for Indian military intelligence with the intention of taking him and the plane to India. It is later revealed that India wanted to humiliate
Pakistan by concocting a story that Minhas had defected.

1972                         - F-104 aircraft retired from PAF service.

1972 March 3           - Air Marshal Zafar Chaudhry takes over as Chief of the Air Staff.

1972 August 14         - First formation acrobatics display by 4 T-37s at Risalpur.

1972 December 9      - President of the United Arab Emirates witnesses fire power demonstration at Jamrud firing range.

1973                          - Beechcraft Falcon aircraft inducted for VIP flight.

1973 July 7                 - PAF Base Multan commissioned.

1973 August 1            - PAF College Sargodha elevated to degree college.

1973 November 9       - PAF Base Nawabshah commissioned.

1973 December 24      - First PAF Haj contingent leaves by C-130.

1974                            - MFI-17 "Mushak" trainer aircraft inducted and later manufactured under license from Sweden at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra.

1974 February 27        - Libya's ruler Muammar Qaddafi witnesses fire power demonstration at Jamrud.

1974 April 16              - Air Marshal Zulfiqar Ali Khan becomes the first graduate of PAF Academy, Risalpur to take over as Chief of the Air Staff.

1975 March 31           - PAF Base Kalabagh established.

1975 April 28             - Chinese FT-5 (modified Mig-15) trainer aircraft inducted.

1975 July 15               - Air Defence Command (ADC) established.

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

1976 May 5                - Combat Commanders' School (CCS) established at Sargodha.

1977 September 19     - Shaheen Foundation established.

1977 December 26      - Drigh Road Air Base re-named 'Faisal Air Base' in honour of King Faisal II of Saudi Arabia.

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