Air Marshal Malik Nur Khan: In this photo from 1960, PIA’s very first jetliner (a Boeing 707-321 leased from Pan Am) is taking gentle turn under the command of Malik Nur Khan. Nur Khan was PIA’s Managing Director from 1959 to 1965. His success in establishing PIA on a firm and profitable financial basis in six years is now a fact of airline history. Under his charismatic and inspirational leadership PIA became one of the leading and respected airlines of the world. Under his tenure PIA became the first Asian airline to operate jet aircraft. The airline inducted modern Boeing 720B jet in its fleet. PIA started flying to China and flights to Europe via Moscow were also launched during this period. In 1973 Nur Khan was specially requested by the government of Pakistan to resume control of PIA. During his second term as airline’s head, PIA became operator of wide-body DC-10s and Boeing 747s. Popular Green & Gold aircraft livery was introduced plus many more achievements were made by the airline under Nur Khan’s leadership. He kept PIA out of Pakistan’s turbulent political arena and returned it to a sound commercial basis. Nur Khan was a dynamic leader and believed in innovation and new ideas.
In the 1965 war with India, Flight Lieutenant Chaudhry shot down three Indian aircraft in one mission. In the 1971 war with India, he has a close call when his plane was hit over Indian territory but he managed to glide the plane back into Pakistan.
He passed away recently after a long battle against Cancer. He will be remembered by his family and Pakistanis everywhere.
A clever photoshop of a Pakistani built JF17 fighter on a road in Pakistan. You can ignore the thing about India in the description since that is like a running joke in Pakistan.
From caption: Rare sight of a block II JF17 on a training mission crossing Chichawatni bypass. The pilot was very kind to stop by and have chai buscuit with us for a while. He told that ravelling by road was an ingenious and unorthodox approach taken by him to avoid RADAR detection would give stealth a new dimension. He would ‘drive’ the plane to border and suddenly take off on a clear road to give Indians a pleasant surprise.