Monday, 18 March 2013

World record holder pilot M M Alam passes away at the age of 78

Retired Pakistani fighter pilot Air commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam passed away in Karachi due to prolonged illness. Alam, 78-years-old at the time of his death, is considered a hero of the 1965 Pakistan-India war. He shot down five Indian war planes in less than a minute — the first four within 30 seconds, during the war and altogether, downed nine war planes in the aerial fighting. 

Alam was admitted to Pakistan Naval Station Shifa hospital in December last year and had been under treatment since then. Alam was a North American F-86 Sabre flying ace and one-star general, who served with the Pakistan Air Force. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat (“The star of courage”). He received a Pakistani military decoration for his actions during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, during which he downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute, the first four within 30 seconds, establishing a world record.

 Squadron Leader Muhammad Mahmud Alam emerged from 1965 War as Pakistan's top scoring fighter ace. The picture shows him in his favourite F-86 F-35-NA with the victory tally marked on the aircraft (Nine kills and two probable). Squadron Leader Muhammad Mahmud Alam, Commander of No 11 Squadron in 1965, was already a notable leader and highly experienced pilot. He also excelled in gunnery competition as a skill that without a doubt contributed greatly to his becoming the first and the only jet ace in one mission.

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