Air Force Day

Sheetlet of 10 nos. of commemorative postage stamps on the 40th Anniversary of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) :

Issued by Pakistan

Issued on Sep 7, 1987

Issued for : To commemorate the Pakistan Air Force Day, Pakistan Post Office is issuing a set of ten stamps of Rs. 3/- denomination each on September 7, 1987.

Design : Tempest IIHawker FurySuper Marine AttackerF86 SabreF104 Star FighterC130 HerculesF6Mirage IIIA5 and F16 Fighting Falcon.

Designer : Adil Salahuddin, Chief Designer PSPC

Paintings by : Sqn Ldr Masood A Hussaini, PAF Aviation Artist Member (ASAA)

Type : Sheetlet, Mint Condition

Denomination : Rs. 3/- each design

Colour : Blue, yellow, red and Black

Size of stamps : 61.50 x 33.10 mm.

Size of print : 61.50 x 33.10 mm

Perforation : 13 C

Quantity : 250,000 each design

Number of stamps in a sheet : 10 (ten)

Process of printing : Litho Offset

Printer : Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC)

About : 

  • Seventh September occupies a place of prominence on the PAF calendar. Popularly known as the Air Force Day, it evokes memories of heroism and gallantry displayed by the nation’s air arm during September 65 IndiaPakistan war. It was on this day, 22 years ago, that a small band of daring PAF pilots supported by an equally dedicated group of officers and men on the ground rose to the very heights of professionalism and, although outnumbered and outmatched in equipment, blunted the aggressor’s air power. As a mark of respect for the glorious acts of valour performed by these brave sons of the soil (a number of whom achieved “shahadat” during that war), the Pakistan Air Force observes 7th September as the Air Force Day.
  • The occasion is celebrated all over the country with great patriotic fervour and public enthusiasm. The day starts with prayers of thanksgiving and “Quran Khwani” for the “Shuhada” at the PAF mosques. This is followed by special Air Force Day parades at all PAF Bases to mark the occasion. In an impressive ceremony in the city of Karachi, Flight Cadets from PAF Academy, Risalpur, which had the proud distinction of being the only military Academy ever visited by the QuaideAzam, mount Guard at the Quaid’s mausoleum to pay homage to the Father of the Nation. The Bases are then thrown open to general public to afford them an yearly opportunity to see their Air Force from close quarters and to gain first hand knowledge about some of its equipment and weapons. The elaborate equipment arrays and flying displays held on the occasion draw countless Pakistanis of all ages and from different walks of life to these air bases throughout the day. All types of aircraft held on the PAF inventory can be seen performing thrilling aerial manoeuvres over the PAF airfields throughout the day, to the great enjoyment of all visitors, specially young students of schools and colleges. As evening approaches, the gates of the air bases close till the next year behind the departing citizens, when they would be welcomed again by their hosts in blue.
  • To share the PAF’s pride in its rich heritage of courage, sacrifice and professional excellence as well as to honour those daring pilots who wrote a glorious chapter in our history with their blood, Pakistan Post Office is issuing a set of 10 commemorative postage stamps, each depicting a different PAF aircraft, on the occasion of the 1987 Air Force Day.
  • The scenes depicted on the stamps are from a series of specially commissioned aviation paintings done by Squadron Leader Masood A Hussaini, the officially appointed aviation artist of the Pakistan Air Force. The set of 10 stamps, each bearing the impression of a combat, transport or training aircraft, shows how the PAF grew, from its modest beginnings 40 years ago, to its present hard-hitting posture. Manned by highly professional men, the PAF stands ready today to rise swiftly to deter and defeat aggression against Pakistan.
  • (Contributed by Pakistan Air Force)
  • Issued by The Director General, Pakistan Post Office, Islamabad.

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