Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Pakistan Air Force DEFENCE DAY. (2007-6)
The emergence of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and its evolution to present status entails annals of heroic deeds, perseverance and devotion. Pakistan Air Force came into existence on 14 August 1947 inheriting only few aircrafts.2. The first step in the nation’s dream of making an aircraft of its own materialized in mid 70s when the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory at Kamra started building MF-17 Mushshak aircraft under license from Sweden. It is proud achievement that these aircraft with the improved version of super Mushshaks have been exported to other friendly Air Forces, in addition to the exhaustive usage by Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army. The design and development of Karakoram-8 aircraft with Chinese collaboration, realized yet another ambitious target in aeronautical excellence. It is an excellence basic jet trainer with great export opportunities.3. In pursuit of its commitment to excellence after years of careful design conceptualization and project planning between strongly bonded China and Pakistan, the first Prototype of the JF-17 Thunder fighter flew in 2003. JF-17 Thunder is another joint venture with China. Making rapid progress under dedicated teams of pilots, engineers, technicians and support personnel from both countries, the JF-17 soon began to exceed its design expectations and finally emerged as a high-performance, agile multi-role fighter possessing state of-the-art capabilities in ordinance arrays, avionics and strike reach that are comparable to the world front line fighters of the new century. The President, General Pervez Musharraf, performed the unveiling ceremony of the thunder at PAC Kamra on 21 March 2007. Two days later, a pair of JF-17s made their first public appearance over Islamabad during the Pakistan day parade reviewed by the President.4. On the occasion of 6th September (Defence day) Pakistan Post is issuing a stamp depicting JF-17.Courtesy: Pakistan Air ForceTo commemorate 6th September Pakistan Air Force Defence Day, a Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs. 5/- denomination, issued by Pakistan Post on September 06, 2007.TERMS OF SALEThe Commemorative Postage stamps will be available for sale from September 06, 2007 at all important Post Offices in the country.Overseas orders for Stamps, First Day of Issue Covers and Leaflets should be addressed to the Manager, Philatelic Bureau Karachi GPO or the Manager, National Philatelic Bureau, Islamabad GPO, accompanied by a Bank Draft or Crossed Cheque encashable in Pakistan.