A-5C Fantan Decommissioned

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A-5C Fantan Decommissioned

Post by Salman Haider » Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:57 am

After 28 years of service in PAF Squadrons, A-5C Fantan was officially retired from the service on March 18, 2011.

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Re: A-5C Fantan Decommissioned

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:51 am

Photos probably taken at PAF Base Peshawar.

Do these A-5s belong to No. 16 Squadron "Panthers" ?

I think No. 16 Squadron was the last squadron to operate A-5s.

And is No. 16 now equipped with JF-17 Thunder ? Hope to see official ceremony photos/videos.

In February 2010, No. 26 Squadron "Black Spiders" replaced its A-5 aircraft with JF-17 and became first PAF squadron to be equipped with JF-17.

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Re: A-5C Fantan Decommissioned

Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:49 pm

According to a post (>>see here<<) by forum member Uzair Ansari in another topic, A-5s have been in skies of Peshawar recently.

Here I would like to add that an A-5 was also seen leading JF-17s at No. 26 Squadron "Black Spiders" re-equipment ceremony held on April 11. Most likely it was one No. 26 squadron's A-5s now fully replaced with JF-17s.

Also, according to a news report, No. 16 Squadron "Panthers" will be the next squadron to be equipped with JF-17. I think No. 16 Squadron currently operates A-5, and PAF squadrons No. 16 and No. 26 are stationed at Peshawar Air Base.

I hope a proper ceremony will be held for when A-5 finally gets phased out/retired most likely when No. 16 Squadron gets re-equipped with JF-17 in the near future.

I remember some years ago a proper ceremony with media coverage was held at PAF Base Samungli in Quetta when F-6 was phased out.

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Re: A-5C Fantan Decommissioned

Post by nd » Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:22 pm