Paf Museum Karachi Essay

PAF Museum, Karachi (Urdu: پاک فضائیہ متحف ‬‎) is an Air Forcemuseum and park situated near Karsaz Flyover on Shahrah-e-Faisal in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.[1]

A majority of the aircraft, weapons and radar are displayed outside in the park but the main museum features all major fighter aircraft that have been used by the Pakistan Air Force. The museum also houses the Vickers VC.1 Viking aircraft used by Mohammed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, and a Folland Gnat of the Indian Air Force, that landed in Pasrur town, Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965. Also on display are the scale models of some World War I, World War II and some more modern aircraft and photo galleries of almost all the squadrons of Pakistan Air Force.[2][3]

History[edit]

The museum was established in 1990 in two unused hangars in a remote part of the Base. The museum was expanded significantly from its humble beginnings in the period 1999–2004. Additions include children playing areas, rides, and eateries.

Management[edit]

The museum is managed by a committee headed by the Air Officer Commanding Southern Air Command; however, it is managed and run by the deputy chairman. Recently the museum has been renamed as Historical Archives Section and given additional responsibilities for maintaining some documented history of the PAF. The current director / deputy chairman of the museum is Gp Capt Usman Ghani. However, the museum was developed by Wing Commander Syed Salman Ahmed.

Gallery[edit]

Collection[edit]

Some of the aircraft that are preserved in the museum are:

Besides those from PAF inventory, visitors can see the captured Folland Gnat of Indian Air Force and Afghan Air ForceMig 21 and Iraq Air Force, Antonov An-12.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^Air Chief inaugurates martyrs monument at PAF Museum Karachi, The Nation (newspaper), Published 7 September 2015, Retrieved 14 September 2017
  2. ^Pakistan Air Force Museum at Karachi displays a captured Folland Gnat of the Indian Air Force, defence.pk website, Published 2 December 2016, Retrieved 14 September 2017
  3. ^Japanese sailors visit PAF Museum, Dawn (newspaper), Published 8 September 2012, Retrieved 14 September 2017

PAF Museum is located adjacent to the PAF Base Faisal on the main shahrah-e-Faisal. The museum was inaugurated on the 14 August, 1997 by the then Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Abbas Khattak; and subsequently opened to the general public in October, 1997.

Amid the lush green lawns, different aircraft including,F-86 Sabre, F-104 Starfighter, Mirage, FT-6, F-6, T-33, U-Mig15, MFI-17 (Mushshak), Aero Commander, Antonov An-12, Beech D-95A (Travel Air), T-6G (Harvard), Huskie (Helicopter), etc and other Air Defence equipment have been displayed. Besides, a souvenir shop has also been established for the visitors.

A huge archives gallery houses the other rare relics like the Viking - Quaid-e-Azam’s aircraft, an Indian Gnat aircraft which was force landed at Pasroor in 1965 war and many more. Four PCs have also been placed inside the archives gallery, which provide information about different aspects of the PAF. There are four sub-galleries inside; one depicts the history of aerial warfare through model aircraft and paintings while the other one shows different fighter aircraft models of the world. Two galleries are dedicated to the “SHOHADA” and heroes of 1965 & 1971 wars. There are two open galleries: one shows the achievements of different squadrons while the other one shows the achievements / history of PAF Bases through rare photographs and the reprints of paintings.

Moreover, Schools / Institutional and organizational visits are also conducted by the museum. Advance co-ordination and information of these visits is appreciated to facilitate the visitors.

A canteen caters for small needs of the visitors. Cold / hot drinks, mineral water, beverages and snacks are available at market rates. A fun land for the children with swings and merry-go-rounds is also available. The newly installed entertainment simulator is a new and unique experience to the visitors.

PAF Museum not only preserves the history of PAF but also helps create greater harmony between the PAF and general public. It also carries and conveys an inherent message that we can make and maintain our environment clean and green by collective efforts.

Admission Fees (PKR)

Parking Fees (PKR)

Adults

50

Car

20

Children (3-12 years)

30

Motor Cycle / Scooter10
Students with ID Card

30

Bus / Van / Truck30
Defence Personnel & their Families

30

Children under 3 years

Free

Senior Citizens or above 60 years

Free

Special Citizens

Free

Timings

Monday - Thursday [FAMILIES ONLY]8:30am - 10:00pm
Friday [FAMILIES ONLY]3:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday - Sunday [FAMILIES ONLY]8:30am - 10:00pm
 Open daily throughout the year

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