Tour Of The PAF Museum
Pakistan Division of the of the Royal Aeronautical Society arranged a tour of the PAF Museum at Faisal Air Force Base Karachi on 21st. May 2014, through the courtesy of Capt. J.S.M. Sadiq FRAeS and Gp. Capt. Usman Ghani, the Director of the Museum.
The visitors consisted of a group of 30 who were Fellows, Members, and Student Affiliates of the Society.
Mr. Fahad Arshad Siddiqui, an aviation enthusiast, ably performed the duty of the Museum tour guide. Flt. Lt. Makhdoom Husain Hashmi, the manager of the museum’s Historical Records and Archives Department accompanied the group and provided valuable assistance. The visitors were very interested the exhibits which included F-86, Mirage-V, F-6, F-104 fighters, T-37 Jet Trainer, Harvard-T6G Basic Trainer, B-57 Bomber, etc.
Exhibits that also attracted the attention of the visitors were an Indian Air Force Gnat Fighter whose pilot surrendered and landed in Pakistan during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war and a Mig-21 aircraft of the Afghan Air Force whose pilot defected and landed in Pakistan during the Afghan campaign against the Russian occupation.
Aside from the warplanes, the Vickers Viking airliner in which was used by the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah when he was the Governor General of Pakistan in 1947, was the focus of attention of the touring party.
The tour was followed by a briefing by Capt. J.S.M. Sadiq on the history of the museum project that was initiated by ACM Abbas Khattak.
The PAF Museum Staff, on the instructions of Group Captain Usman Ghani, provided high tea refreshments to the Group which was much appreciated.