There are some famous flights in Pakistani history that will be remembered in the coming times. These flights are linked to the moment in history that either ended or was the beginning of a new era. Below is the list of the top 10 such flights.
Flight of Independence, August 7, 1947
“Flight of Independence” that brought Quaid-e-Azam and Fatima Jinnah from Delhi to Karachi, the capital of independent Pakistan, on August 7, 1947.
Jinnah categorically exclaimed, “This is the end of it”, knowing he will never return again. When passengers last enjoyed an aerial view of Delhi’s landmarks, Quaid remained silent and thoughtful throughout the trip.
This was the beginning of newly born country, Pakistan.
Little Dragon’s Show, MM Alam, September 7, 1965
MM Alam is known for his remarkable brilliance on September 7, 1965, when in less than a minute he shot down five Indian fighter planes, the last four within thirty seconds.
This till date is the world record.
Benazir Bhutto Return From Exile, April 10, 1986
Benazir Bhutto returned from exile in London to lead PPP, a political party founded by her late father and Former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. This was a new beginning for a democratic movement in Pakistan to end marshal law imposed by General Zia ul Haq.
Last Flight Of General Zia ul Haq, August 17, 1988
General Zia-ul-Haq, chief of the Army Staff (COAS), who also served as President of Pakistan, had died on August 17, 1988 in a C-130 Hercules aircraft, Pak-1, which crashed near the river Sutlej.
This was the end of Zia’s regime.
General Musharraf Flight To Pakistan / Presidency, October 17, 1999
Pakistan International Airlines carrying the then Chief of the Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf and at least 190 other passengers from Sri Lanka to Karachi, was not allowed to land on Pakistani soil, following the orders given by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The plane circled, fuel ran low, and the pilot feared disaster. But it landed with a few minutes of fuel, and within a few hours General Musharraf was in control of Pakistan by overthrowing the sitting government of PML-N. Later General Musharraf became the president of the country.
Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir Killed In Plane Crash, February 20, 2003
Pakistani Air Force commander, Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir, and 16 others were killed in a plane crash.
Benazir Bhutto Return To Pakistan, October 18, 2007
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan after more than eight years in exile. Her flight landed at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, where PPP rally was waiting to welcome her.
Nawaz Sharif Successful Return To Pakistan After Exile, November 25, 2007
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, returned from exile to Pakistan. His flight landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. Thousands of supporters came to welcome him.
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz Return From London, July 13, 2018
Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz returned to Pakistan on July 13, 2018 to face the courts. Their flight landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore. PML-N party workers were all over the city to meet their leader.
JF-17 Thunder Roared In Indian Administered Kashmir, February 27, 2019
On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) carried out six surprise air strikes at multiple locations in indian administered Kashmir. The airstrikes were part of the PAF military operation under the code name Operation Swift Retort and were carried out in retaliation for the Indian Air Force (IAF) airstrike on February 26th in Balakot.
After Pakistan’s airstrikes, the Indian Air Force (IAF) jets began tracking the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) jets. In the resulting dogfight, Pakistani officials shot down two Indian jets and captured an Indian pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Indian officials initially denied the news. However, later admitted that an IAF jet was shot down.