Thursday, 27 January, 2022
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A Pakistani daughter on getting to know IAF MiG pilot who shot down her father’s F-104 in 1971

Every year we celebrate 1965 but 1971 broke our hearts, our spirits, says Lesley Ann Middlecoat, daughter of Wing Commander Mervyn Leslie Middlecoat of PAF.

Aizad Baksh Awan, the first IAF pilot to train Afghan Air Force cadets

When the second IAF squadron was being sanctioned in Feb 1941, AB Awan was picked to raise and command it. But he felt slighted when he was overlooked for promotions.

PAF fighter pilot dies as F-16 crashes during Pakistan Day rehearsals

Wing Commander Noman Akram was the Commanding Officer of Sargodha-based 9 Squadron, which participated in Pakistan’s response to the Balakot air strikes.

Before Balakot, a pilot-navigator duo of IAF’s bomber fleet showed up Pakistan in 1971 war

K.K. Dutta was the Navigation Leader in 16 Squadron commanded by MVC Padmanabha Gautam. This is the story of their Canberra bomber missions.

1965 Sargodha attack: How IAF hit Pakistan’s most protected base & destroyed 10 aircraft

Sargodha was probably the most well-defended air base in Asia. It was also Pakistan's most strategic base as it had the highest density of PAF's assets.

1965 India-Pakistan war: How IAF’s heroes slayed PAF’s superior Sabre fighter jets

IAF's lightweight Gnats took on PAF's sleek Sabres & busted myth that they were invincible. The mettle of the 'Sabre Slayers' remains a legend to this day.

After Balakot, Pakistani & Indian air forces are now fighting war of uniform patches

A special patch meant to be worn by PAF pilots showed the JF-17 as a Chinese dragon with the MiG-21 in its grasp. Indians responded with ‘Falcon Slayers’ patch.

With Balakot, India both gained & lost an opportunity to push Pakistan to act against terror

All the weapons India is frenetically importing can offer no effective deterrence in the absence of political will.

Pakistan’s guided tour of journalists to Balakot air strike spot is a pointless exercise

ThePrint view on the most important issues, instantly.

IAF presents images from defence system to reiterate stand on shooting down Pakistan’s F-16

Air Vice Marshal R.G.K. Kapoor, at a media briefing, showed radar images to assert that an F-16 of the Pakistan Air Force was shot down by the Indian Air Force on 27 February.

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‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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