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M. M. Alam : The Legend Fighter Pilot

Muhammad Mahmood Alam know as M. M. Alam was a Pakistani fighter pilot and a one star general. He was born on July 6, 1935 in Kolkata, British India in an Urdu speaking Bihari origin family.  Upon division of British India in 1947 his family moved to Bengal, East Pakistan. Alam joined PAF in 1952 and was granted commission in 1953. In 1971 his family moved to West Pakistan (known as Pakistan) upon secession of East Pakistan (known as Bangladesh).

Alam was a leader of 11th Squadron in 1965 war of Pakistan and India and was the top scoring fighter ace with 9 confirmed and 2 probable kills while flying his F-86 Sabre Fighter

M. M . Alam
M. M. Alam in his favorite F-86 F-35-NA

He holds the record of killing 5 Indian far superior Hawker Hunters in sixty seconds, this is the unbeaten record in the history of world air-to-air combat. This is also notable that after the first kill he last four were downed in just 30 seconds. Alam was awarded Sitara-e-Jurat (“The star of courage”) for his service in 1965 war.

The legend died in Karachi on March 18, 2013.


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