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Capt. M. M. Salehjee

Capt. M. M. Salehjee  (Copyright © Farouk Salehjee)

In this rare photo you can see PIA's legendry pilot Capt. M. M. Salehjee (left) talking to airline's very first Chairman Mirza Ahmad Ispahani (right). Mr. Anwar Hussain is also seen in this photo taken at Dacca Airport in East Pakistan. The brand new Fokker F27 seen in the background had arrived at Dacca Airport after completing its delivery flight from the Netherlands. Mirza Ahmad Ispahani was the longest serving chairman of PIA from its inception until 1962. PIA's wide-body aircraft maintenance hangar at Karachi Airport is named after Mr. Ispahani. Capt. M. M. Salehjee, a respected and talented pilot, was elected as President of Pakistan Air Line Pilots' Association (PALPA) in 1968. He did a lot to bring PIA pilots to world standard. Capt. M. M. Salehjee also served as Sector Chief Pilot Eastern Division (East Pakistan). Due to his vast experience, Capt. M. M. Salehjee on a number of occasions was given responsibility of flying PIA's VVIP flights. Famous personalities like Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser and First Lady of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy were flown on PIA VVIP flights piloted by Capt. M. M. Salehjee


Legendary Pilots of PIA

Legendary Pilots  (Copyright © Farouk Salehjee)

In this photo you can see a group of PIA's legendary pilots. Seen from right to left are: Capt. M. M. Salehjee, Capt. Johnny Yacoob Sardar, Capt. Sunshine Khawaja, Abdus Salaam Sheikh, Capt. Mian Aziz and Capt. Trevor Gotting. Note passengers boarding a PIA Lockheed Super Constellation in the background



Capt. M. M. Salehjee

Capt. M. M. Salehjee  (Copyright © Farouk Salehjee)

This photo shows Capt. M. M. Salehjee (left) talking to his co-pilot in the flight deck of a PIA Vickers Viscount 815


Capt. Moinuddin Quraishi

Capt. Moinuddin Quraishi  (Copyright © Aizaz Moin)

This rare photo from January 1957 shows Capt. Moinuddin Quraishi (right) talking to Syrian President Shukri al-Kuwatly on the flight deck of a PIA Lockheed L-1049C Super Constellation. The VIP flight carrying Syrian President and his delegation was flown by this PIA Super Constellation under the command of Capt. Moinuddin Quraishi. Capt. Moinuddin was amongst the senior Captains of PIA who had the privilege of flying as the VIP pilot for a number of visiting dignitaries from overseas who were visiting the fledgling nation of Pakistan. VIP personalities flown by PIA airliners under the command of Capt. Moinuddin also include Celar Bayar, President of Turkey, and Chou En-lai, Prime Minister of China




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