MIGS, SABRES AND MORE...

Alan Warnes discovers varied and historically important exhibits at the Pakistan Air Force Museum

Located on the southwestern edge of Faisal Air Base is one of the best-kept collections of aircraft and artefacts in Asia. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Museum is not just a place portraying the epic history of the PAF, it also acts as Karachi’s largest nighttime attraction. Arguably the cleanest, greenest and most secure part of Karachi, the facilities act as a sanctuary for many after dark. You simply can’t miss it, because the exit off the busy Shahrah-e-Faisal Road is marked by a Shenyang F-6 on a pole. Besides security personnel guarding the 100-acre (40.46ha) facility, there are around 50 groundsmen ensuring the site is kept tidy. Most weekends there are around 5,000-10,000 people sitting among the 50 or so exhibited aircraft, many enjoying picnics with friends and relatives. That number of visitors might seem a lot, but it is nothing compared with the 40,620 people who enjoyed the facility on June 7, 2019 – the third day of the Eid holidays.

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The Archives Gallery hosts some of the most iconic aircraft - the Vickers Viking, F-104A Starfighter, Sabre with mannequin of fighter ace MM Alam and the captured Indian AF Gnat/Ajeet. The hangar is soon to receive a facelift, ensuring it keeps up with the times.
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