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A list of all past and current aircraft in service with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Contents

Current aircraft

Aircraft Service entry Role Quantity Comments
Combat aircraft
People's Republic of ChinaPakistan JF-17 Thunder
SBP aircraft
Serial production aircraft

One JF-17 in front of two parked Mirage 5 cropped version.jpg

2009
2007/08
2009/10
Multi-role 14
8
2 SBP (small batch production) aircraft delivered March 2007, 6 more SBP aircraft inducted in March 2008.[1]

2 serial production aircraft delivered by China in 2009, total of 10 aircraft in service as of 23 November 2009. First Pakistani-manufactured JF-17 rolled out and handed over to PAF on 23 November 2009, 39 more to be manufactured in Pakistan.[2] JF-17 evaluated with different weaponry during anti-terror operations in Waziristan.[3] First squadron (No. 26 Black Spiders) made operational on 18 February 2010 with 14 aircraft at PAF Base Kamra.[4] [5] A total of 250-300 aircraft expected to be delivered.[6] [7] [8]

People's Republic of China Chengdu J-10
FC-20
~2014 Multi-role 0 Initial 36 FC-20 ordered, to be delivered by 2015 [9] [10] [11] [12] after improvements are made to meet PAF requirements.[13] [14] Upgrades to radar and avionics reported to be required by PAF in 2007.[15] FC-20 believed to be a version of the upgraded J-10B, incorporating an IRST, diverterless supersonic intake, new radar and modified vertical stabiliser fin.[16] Contract believed to have been signed in November 2009, delivery of dozens more aircraft likely, possibly up to a total of 150 FC-20.[17]
United States F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-16A/B Block 15
F-16AM
F-16BM
F-16C Block 52+
F-16D Block 52+
1983
1983
~2011
~2011
2010
2010
Multi-role
(dual-seat F-16B, BM and D models used for training)


41
41
0
0
0
0
F-16A/B: Letter of agreement for up to 28 F-16A and 12 F-16B signed December 1981, 6 under Peace Gate I contract, 34 under Peace Gate II. All Block 15 models powered by F100-PW-200. First Peace Gate I aircraft accepted at Fort Worth in October 1982. 2 F-16A and 4 F-16B delivered to Pakistan in 1983, first F-16 arrived at Sargodha Airbase on 15 January 1983 flown by Squadron Leader Shahid Javed. 34 aircraft delivered under Peace Gate II between 1983 and 1987.[18][19] Of 28 F-16A/B built under Peace Gate III/IV and embargoed in 1990,[nb 1] 14 delivered as EDA (Excess Defense Articles) from 2005 to 2008.[20] 2 delivered on 10 July 2007.[21] 9 attritional losses; 3 in late 1980s, 5 in early 1990s, 1 in 2009.[22]

Upgrades: 32 Falcon STAR kits (structural upgrade for original Peace Gate I aircraft), 35 MLU (Mid Life Update - avionics upgrade) kits ordered, with 11 more MLU kits optional. 4 F-16A/B being upgraded in the U.S. to F-16AM/BM, delivery expected December 2011.[20] F-16A/B in PAF service to be upgraded starting October 2010 by Turkish Aerospace Industries, 1 per month.[23][24]

F-16C/D: Peace Drive I contract for 12 F-16C and 6 F-16D Block 52+ (Advanced Block 52), powered by F100-PW-229, signed 30 September 2006.[25][26] First aircraft (F-16D) rolled out on 13 October 2009,[27][28][29][30] [31] First batch of 8 F-16C/D to be delivered by June 2010,[32] [33] delivery of all 18 aircraft to be complete by December 2010.[34] [35]

France Dassault Mirage III
Mirage IIIEP / IIIDP
Mirage IIIO / IIIOD
Mirage IIIO ROSE I
Mirage IIIEE / IIIDE
Mirage IIIEL
Mirage IIIRP
1968
1968
1990
1990s
1990s
1990s
~1968
Multi-role
(Dual seat Mirage IIIDP, IIIOD, IIIDE models used for training)

Reconnaissance
~121
18 / 3
12
33
22 / 2
9
15
New build: First Dassault Mirage IIIEP delivered in early March 1968 [36] [37] and a total of 3 Mirage IIIDP, 18 Mirage IIIEP, 3 Mirage IIIRP delivered in 1968-1971.[38] 10 more Mirage IIIRP ordered August 1975 for delivery in 1977 bringing Mirage IIIRP total to 13.[39] Mirage III fleet upgraded with Litton LW-33 nav/attack system and Thomson-CSF HUD under service life extension programme circa November 1982.[40]

Second-hand: 43 Mirage IIIO, 7 Mirage IIIOD from Royal Australian Air Force delivered in 1990, 12 were overhauled and put into service, 33 selected for upgrade after inspection and 5 broken up for spare parts. 22 Mirage IIIEE, 2 Mirage IIIDE from Spanish Air Force delivered in the 1990s. 9 Mirage IIIEL from Lebanese Air Force delivered in 1990s. 40 Mirage IIIE from French Air Force (upgraded by SAGEM) delivered from 1996 onwards.[38] Delivery of used Mirage III/5 from France suspended in 1999 due to Kargil conflict, first batch of 8 delivered in April 1999, next batch of 8 aircraft not delivered until October 1999.[40]

33 Mirage IIIO modernised with ROSE I upgrade package in the mid to late 1990s.[nb 2]

France Dassault Mirage 5
5PA-2
5PA
5DPA-2
5PA-3
Mirage 5F ROSE II
Mirage 5F ROSE III
JF-17 background Mirage 5 ROSE foreground.jpg
1973
~1973
~1973
~1973
~1973
1990s
2000s
Ground attack


Training
Maritime attack
Day/night attack
Day/night attack
~60
18
28
2
12
20
14
New build: 4 Mirage 5DPA delivered in 1973. 28 Mirage 5PA, 30 Mirage 5PA-2/5PA-3, 2 Mirage 5DPA-2 delivered during 1973-1979.[38] ~26 of 32 Mirage 5PA were delivered by November 1982.[40]

Second hand: 34 Mirage 5F modernised with ROSE upgrade package, 20 ROSE II in late 1990s [38] and 14 ROSE III in early 2000s.[nb 2] Delivery of used Mirage III/5 from France suspended in 1999 due to Kargil conflict, first batch of 8 delivered in April 1999, next batch of 8 aircraft not delivered until October 1999.[40]

People's Republic of China Chengdu F-7 Skybolt
F-7P (F-7MP)
FT-7P
F-7PG
FT-7PG
Pakistani Chengdu J-7.JPG
1988
1988
~1988
~2002
~2002
Interceptor
(dual seat FT-7P, FT-7PG models used for training)

192
120
15
48
9
Also performs limited CAS and strike duties.

First 20 F-7P delivered in August 1988.[41] An improved version of F-7M, the F-7P incorporates a Martin-Baker 10L zero-zero ejection seat, Grifo 7 radar (later upgraded to Grifo 7 mk.2), GEC Avionics HUD and two extra hardpoints (total 5) for provision of up to 4 AIM-9L missiles. 120 F-7P single-seat fighters and 15 FT-7P dual seat models delivered to six squadrons (including Combat Commanders School) during the late 1980s and early 90s.[42] F-7P to be replaced with JF-17 by 2015.

F-7PG ordered in early 1999,[43] delivery complete by April 2002.[40] FIAR Grifo 7MG radars installed after delivery to Pakistan.[40]

People's Republic of China Nanchang A-5
A-5C (A-5III)
1983 Light bomber - strike, close air support ~41 Also performs limited combat air patrol duties.

42 A-5 ordered in May 1982.[40] First batch of 41 aircraft delivered in early 1983 to squadrons No. 7, 16 and 26,[38] formally replaced remaining B-57 Canberra bombers of No. 7 squadron in December 1983.[38] Approximately 100 more aircraft equipping three more squadrons delivered by early 1987. Modified with Western avionics, Martin Baker ejection seats and other new systems, flyaway cost reported to be USD$1 million.[38] Number reduced to around 42 aircraft by November 2000.[44] Retirement of the type by 1997 and replacement with upgraded Mirage III/5 was planned during early 1990s but never implemented.[45]

32 modifications made to Q-5IA to make A-5C/A-5III: upgraded avionics, Martin-Baker PKD10 zero/zero ejection seat, modified hardpoints for compatibility with AIM-9 Sidewinder and other PAF weapons. 3 prototypes built before production. Operated by Nos. 7, 16 and 26 Squadrons.[46] Phase-out and replacement by the JF-17 multi-role fighter to be complete by 2015.

Training aircraft
Pakistan MFI-17 Mushshak
MFI-17 Mushshak
MFI-395 Super Mushshak
1970s Training, communications 145
115
30
115 Mushshak, 30 Super Mushshak in service as of February 2003.[47] Some MFI-17 to be upgraded to Super Mushshak standard according to a November 2004 report.[48]
People's Republic of ChinaPakistan K-8 Karakorum
K-8
K-8
K-8P
1994
1994
2003
~2005
Intermediate jet trainer ~28
6
6
16
6 K-8 powered by Honeywell TFE731 handed over to PAF on 21 September 1994 [49] for evaluation.[50] 12 in service as of 2004.[51] 27 K-8P ordered in 2005, 16 delivered as of January 2009.[52]
People's Republic of China Shenyang FT-5
FT-5
1975 Intermediate jet trainer 30 First delivered in 1975 to replace T-33A,[53][54] 30 in service as of February 2004.[55] To be replaced with K-8P.
People's Republic of China Shenyang FT-6
FT-6
Operational conversion 19 19 aircraft in service as of 2004.[56]
United States T-37 Tweet
T-37B
T-37C



Intermediate jet trainer

40
A mix of T-37B, T-37C believed to be in service,[57] 40 T-37B in service as of 2004.[58] To be replaced with K-8P.
Transport / aerial refuelling aircraft (jet-powered)
European Union Airbus A310
A310-300
2009 VIP transport 1 Previously operated by PIA, handed over to the PAF in November 2009.[59]
United States Boeing 707
707-320
1986 Heavy-lift transport 3 Two freighters transferred from PIA in 1986,[60] first one delivered July 1986. Conversion to aerial refuelling tankers considered but never implemented.[38] A third aircraft in VIP transport configuration [38] delivered in 1987.[61]
United States Cessna Citation V VIP transport 1 One aircraft in service as of 2004.[62]
Brazil Embraer Phenom
Phenom 100
2009 VIP transport 1 Four ordered, first aircraft delivered in March 2009.[63] [64] [65]
Soviet Union Ilyushin Il-78
Il-78MK
2009 Aerial refueller, heavy-lift transport 1 Primarily to be used for aerial refuelling, 4 aircraft ordered from Ukrainian surplus stocks for delivery starting late 2009.[66][67][68] First aircraft delivered 19 December 2009, remaining 3 aircraft to be delivered in 2010.[69] [70]

Equipped with three-point Russian UPAZ refuelling equipment. Fuel tanks fitted in cargo hold for aerial refueller role can be removed for transport role.[71][72][73][74][75]

Transport aircraft (propeller-powered)
Ukraine Antonov An-26 Medium-lift transport 1 One aircraft in service as of 2004.[76] [77]
United States C-12 Huron Utility aircraft, training 1
United States C-130 Hercules
C-130B
C-130E
C-130E (ex-Australian)
L-100-20

PAFC-130.jpg
~1960s
~1960s

2005
Tactical (theatre) transport



18
5
5
2
6
First 7 C-130B delivered by the U.S. in early 1960s, a further 4 C-130B and 5 C-130E delivered later from Iran, 2 civilian versions (L-100-20) transferred from PIA and 2 more ex-USAF C-130B models. All surviving B and E model aircraft modified with addition of Allison T56-A-15 turboprops and extended fatigue lives by Lockheed-Georgia Co. at Marietta by 1987. At least 7 attritional losses pre-1988 [38] and 1 more in 1988.[78]

Sale of 6 ex-Australian C-130E with wing/engine/avionics upgrades, plus 1 aircraft for spare parts, concluded with U.S. in September 2004.[79] [80] First aircraft delivered October/November 2005.[81] Avionics upgrades for the PAF's entire C-130 fleet also included, upgrades progressing as of 1 May 2009.[82]

During the 1965 war, modifications to enable rear ramp opening at speeds above 150 knots enabled C-130s to be used for night-time bombing of moderately defended targets.[83]

SpainIndonesia CASA CN-235
CN-235-220
2004 Medium-lift tactical transport 4 First three aircraft are military transport versions, the second aircraft was delivered in early September 2004.[84][85][86] Last of 4 aircraft delivered on 6 June 2005, equipped with VIP interior intended for transporting the PAF Chief of Air Staff.[87]
People's Republic of China Harbin Y-12
Y-12II
1980s Utility 2 One Afghan aircraft put into service after crew fled to Pakistan in mid 1980s.[88] Two aircraft in service as of 2004.[89]
Sweden Saab 2000 2008 VIP transport, training 1 Will also be used to train aircrew for the Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C. Delivered in December 2008.
Helicopters
Russia Mil Mi-17
Mi-171
2002 SAR, transport 4 First batch of Mi-171 purchased for PAF and Pakistan Army Aviation Wing from Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in 2001,[90] inducted by the PAF in 2002.[91][92]
France Alouette III
SA-3160
SA-316B
SA-319B
Utility, SAR 15
7
4
4
SA319B was locally produced.[93]
Special mission aircraft
France Dassault Falcon 20
DA-20 (EW variant)
Pakistan Air Force No 24 Blinders Squadron Falcon DA-20 left side1.jpg
Pakistan Air Force No 24 Blinders Squadron Falcon DA-20 left rear1.jpg
~1987 ESM, ECM 3 Operated by No. 24 Blinders Squadron which was revived in 1987 following induction of DA-20. Participated during PAF exercises in both airborne early warning and ECM roles.[94] [95] First participated in a PAF exercise, in the ESM and ECM role, during Exercise High Mark 89 (14 November to 23 December 1989).[96] Also used for ESM/ECM support during Saffron Bandit exercises of 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1999.[97]

Third aircraft delivered March 2008. Original two aircraft flown to France for upgrade and structural overhaul during 2004-2007.

One Falcon 20 used for VIP transport in 1983,[98] three Falcon 20E for VIP transport in 1986.

Sweden Saab 2000 Erieye
Erieye Horizon

Saab2000AEW-SE-045-246.jpg
2009 AEW&C 1 Selected in 2005 and developed for the PAF under Project Horizon,[99] initial order of 6 aircraft [99] later reduced to 4.[100] First aircraft delivered on 8 December 2009, [101] [102] [103] remaining 3 expected to be delivered in 2010.[104] [105]

First aircraft flown to Grenada, Spain, in 2008 for flutter testing in hot and high conditions for 2 weeks.[106] Underwent final testing of aircraft and systems (including radar, command and control systems, defensive aids systems, communication systems and integration with PAF Command and Control Ground Environment) in Sweden in late October 2009.[107][108]

People's Republic of China Shaanxi Y-8F600
ZDK-03
~2011 AEW&C 0 Reported in March 2007 to have been tested and evaluated by PAF, found to be "fairly good" but some improvements desired in both platform and radar.[109] Order signed for 4 aircraft in December 2008, with Chinese AESA radar mounted on the Shaanxi Y-8F600 platform, designated ZDK-03.[110][111] Delivery of first ZDK-03 expected in 2011, remaining 3 in 2012.[72]
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Pakistan Burraq Reconnaissance, strike 0 Unmanned combat aerial vehicle under development by PAF and NESCOM, armed with laser-guided missiles and laser designator. Reported to be undergoing flight-testing in May 2009.[112]
Pakistan SATUMA Jasoos II
Bravo+
2009 Tactical reconnaissance, training Formally inducted in 2009.[113] Telemetry and ground equipment for 3rd batch of UAVs ordered July 2009,[114] 3rd batch delivered August 2009.[115] In use as "primary work horse for UAV Operations and Training Program."[116]
Italy SELEX Galileo Falco

Salon du Bourget 20090619 227.jpg
2007/08 Surveillance 25 First production Falco UAV System reported to be ready for delivery to PAF (launch customer) in January 2007.[117] 5 Falco UAV Systems ordered, including 25 Falco UAVs. Formally inducted in 2009,[113] 2 systems (10 UAVs) in service by March 2009.[118] Co-manufacture at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex began in August 2009.[119] [120]
  1. ^ 11 F-16A/B Block 15 OCU models ordered (6 F-16A, 6 F-16B) as attrition replacements in December 1988 under Peace Gate III, 60 F-16A/B ordered in September 1989 under Peace Gate IV. All 11 Peace Gate III and 17 (7 F-16A, 10 F-16B) of 60 Peace Gate IV aircraft built by end of 1994, all embargoed and put into storage after U.S. arms embargo against Pakistan imposed on 06 October 1990 (Pressler Amendment). Remaining 43 Peace Gate IV aircraft never built due to issue of a "stop-work" order.
  2. ^ a b 33 Dassault Mirage III and 34 Mirage 5 aircraft have been modernised under the ROSE (Retrofit Of Strike Element) upgrade programme. Mirage III ROSE fighters specialise in multiple roles including air superiority and strike, while Mirage 5 ROSE fighters specialise in the night-time strike role. All Mirage III/5 planned to be replaced by the JF-17 multi-role fighter by 2015.

Retired aircraft

Aircraft In service Peak quantity Comments
Fighter aircraft
People's Republic of China Shenyang F-6

PAF Strike force in 1971.jpg
1965—2002 253 First 2 F-6 arrived at Sargodha Airbase from the Chinese airfield at Hotian on 20 December 1965, aircraft were equipped with VHF radios and Soviet style instruments/equipment.[121][122] Induction started 30 December 1965 with 72 delivered initially, further deliveries bringing total to 253. Replacement by Chengdu F-7P began in late 1980s to mid 1990s. Retired in 2002 when squadrons 17 and 23 were re-equipped with the Chengdu F-7PG.[38][123]

Around 140 modifications were made to increase effectiveness in interception and close air support roles. Formally retired on 27 March 2002, last flight made over Baluchistan province.[124]

Initial batch of 60 aircraft delivered free of cost. Modified for carriage of AIM-9B Sidewinder.[125]

United States F-86 Sabre
F-86-F40
Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk 6
PAFF-86s.jpg
1955—1980
1955—~1960s
1966—1980
120
120
~90

F-86F replaced with 90 Canadian-built Sabre Mk 6 procured illegally from West Germany via Iran in 1966: 10 delivered in April; 20 in May; 20 in June; ~8 in October and 20 in December.[38] A total of 320,185 hours flown by PAF pilots on the F-86.[38] 50 CL-13 Sabre Mk 6 remained [40] before retirement and phasing out in 1980 [38][126] due to exhaustion of airframe service life.[38]

United States F-104 Starfighter
F-104A
F-104B
1961—1972
1961—1972
1961—1972
12
10
2
Deliveries commenced in 1961, retired in late 1972 due to lack of spare parts after US arms embargo.[127][128]
United Kingdom Supermarine Attacker
De-navalised Attacker F Mk.1
(Type 583 Attacker)
1951—1958 36 "De-navalised" version of the standard Attacker with main modifications being removal of deck-landing hook and wings being "locked down".[129] First delivered in August 1951 to No.11 squadron.[130] The first jet-powered fighter in PAF service. Phased out in 1958.[131] [132]

Type 583 Attacker was a land-based variant powered by the Nene 4 turbojet, 36 built for the PAF.[133]

United Kingdom Hawker Sea Fury
Fury FB 60
Fury T-61
SeaFuryT61 Pakistan 1948.jpg
~1950—~1956


~97
~92
5
The PAF's mainstay fighter early 1950s. Dual-seat Fury T-61 model also used for training.[134]
United Kingdom Hawker Tempest
Tempest II
1947—1956 16 Provided to Pakistan on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force, 14 August 1947.[38] Patrolled the northern areas during first Kashmir war of 1948.[135] Tempest IIs of No.5 Squadron based at MiranShah were used for policing the North Western Frontier region.[136]
United Kingdom Supermarine Spitfire
Spitfire VIII
1947 Flown by No.9 Squadron from August to December 1947.[137]
Bomber aircraft
United States B-57 Canberra
B-57B
B-57C
RB-57F
Pakistan Air Force B-57s.jpg
1959—1985
1959—1985
1959—1985
1960s—1985
28
24
2
2
24 B-57B and 2 B-57C [38] delivered to Mauripur Air Base in Karachi in 1959, all B-57B retrofitted with RB-1A all-weather bombing system starting in 1963, some also fitted with underwing hardpoints to facilitate carriage of four extra fuel tanks. Two RB-57F ELINT aircraft delivered in the early 1960s.[138] Some 10-11 B-57s remained,[138] being replaced in a ceremony on 27 December 1983 when No.7 Squadron was formally re-equipped with the A-5 'Fantan'.[38]

Inducted November 1959. 24 B-57B, 2 B-57C delivered, forming No.7 and No.8 Bomber Squadrons of No.31 Bomber Wing based at Masroor (then known as Mauripur). 2 RB-57F and 2 RB-57B also supplied to No.21 ELINT Squadron. Served in 1965 and 1971 wars, retired in 1988, 4 preserved in Pakistan and 6 dumped at Masroor.[38]

People's Republic of China Harbin H-5 16 Chinese-built version of the Ilyushin Il-28. 16 aircraft [40] (1 squadron) believed to be in service during early 1970s.[40]
United Kingdom Handley Page Halifax
HP-57 Halifax
Halifax B-VI
1948—1954
1948
1949
8
2
6
First two Halifax delivered in 1948, used during 1948 Kashmir War for night-time supply drop missions at Skardu and other northern areas of Pakistan. 6 ex-RAF Halifax B-VI delivered in 1949, equipping No.12 Heavy Bomber Squadron raised in March 1950. Squadron converted to a composite squadron of four flights, including one flight of Halifax bombers, in September 1953. Halifax aircraft transferred to long-term storage in 1954 and then disposed of as salvage.[139]

Served with No.12 Squadron, supported troops with supply drop sorties during first Kashmir war of 1948.[140]

Training aircraft
People's Republic of China MiG-15UTI
Shenyang FT-2
1960s 6 Chinese-built version of MiG-15UTI. 3-4 aircraft delivered in 1960s for final operational conversion of pilots to the Shenyang F-6.[141]

6 aircraft in service during 1993,[142] 1995.[143]

United States Lockheed T-33
T-33A
RT-33A
1955—1993


21
15
6
First 15 delivered 1955—1956, replacing Hawker Tempest and Hawker Fury of No.2 (Fighter Conversion) squadron at Mauripur to fulfil advanced (jet) trainer role. Performed ground-attack duties against forward area Indian targets in 1965 and 1971 wars.[144][145] Replaced with Shenyang FT-5.[38][146]

15 T-33A, 6 RT-33A received during 1955-56 under the US military assistance programme, equipped No. 2 Fighter Conversion Unit and a tactical reconnaissance flight, the latter becoming No. 20 Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in 1959. No.20 Squadron was number-plated in 1972, its RT-33s and other photographic equipment transferred back to No. 2 Squadron to form a recce flight. T-33 and RT-33 used for ground attack and photo recce duties in 1965 and 1971 wars against forward Indian targets. 1 T-33 lost when East Pakistani instructor pilot attempted to hijack it to India, trainee Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas forced it to crash. T-33 retired from PAF service in 1993. 6 T-33 airframes preserved, including 3 RT-33A.[38]

United States T-6 Harvard
T-6G
1947—1970s 12 Provided to Pakistan on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force, 14 August 1947.[38] Replaced with MFI-17B Mushshak by 1980.[147][148]
United Kingdom de Havilland Tiger Moth 1947— 7 Provided to Pakistan on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force, 14 August 1947.[38]
Transport aircraft
United Kingdom HS.121 Trident
Trident 1E
1967— 1 VIP transport, delivered to No.12 Squadron on August 1967.[149]
United States SA-16 Albatross
SA-16A
1950s—~1981 4 Deployed at Drigh Road (now Faisal) Airbase, Karachi, during mid-1950s as part of the Search and Rescue Flight. Also used for coastal patrol and maritime reconnaissance during 1965 war.[150] Under control of Pakistan Navy, 4 present in October 1980,[40] possibly retired by August 1981.[151]
United Kingdom Bristol Freighter ~1950—1966 81 Purchased in early 1950s, 81 delivered, used for transport and communications. Phased out 1966 and replaced with C-130.[152] Freighters of No.12 VIP Squadron were painted silver with a blue fuselage line and green propeller spinners; No.6 Squadron aircraft were painted with camouflage patterns and red spinners; the Transport Conversion Squadron aircraft had brown spinners.[153]
United Kingdom Vickers Viking 1947—~1962 1 Inducted 1947, joined two Dakotas and two Harvards of Pakistan's first communications flight at Mauripur (now Masroor) airfield. Used exclusively to transport Governor General Muhammad Ali Jinnah, now preserved in the PAF Museum.[154]
United States C-47 Dakota 1947—1955 2 Transferred to Pakistan on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force, 14 August 1947.[38] Used to start the crucial Valley Flights to Pakistani Outposts in Azad Kashmir, retired from PAF service in 1955.[155]
Helicopters
United States Sikorsky H-19
H-19D
1950s—1971 8 First helicopter operated by the PAF, 8 received in the mid-1950s and used for search and rescue operations at certain PAF bases. Phased out in 1971.[156]
United States H-13 Sioux ~13 Approximately 13 aircraft in service during mid-1971.[40][157]
United States HH-43 Huskie
HH-43B
4 [158] 4 in service in June 1972 [40] and November 1993.[159]

Gallery of current aircraft

Assorted

JF-17 Thunder

Dassault Falcon DA-20

Gallery of retired aircraft

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