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Air Commodore Fuad Shahid Hussain

Service No & Branch 3002 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Jul 1924 Commissioned: 04 Sep 1944 Course: 26 Course
Service End: Retired on 07 Apr 1969 PAF Died on 07 Apr 1969 (45 Years age) Nick Name :
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Fg Offr : 04 Oct 1945
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jun 1945 - Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronYelahanka Squadron Pilot
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Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
15 Mar 1945Hurricane IIDHW442Plt Offr F S Hussain
151OTUUnauth low aerobatic
23 May 1945Spitfire VIIIMT709Plt Offr F S Hussain
151OTUTaxied into Hurrican

Additional Notes

Remarks: Write-up Note added: 2018-11-28
Furad Shahid Hussain "Prince of Pilots"
(20th July 1924 to 9th April 1969).

Fuad Shahid Hussain was born in a noble family of Lukhnow, his father Shaikh Shahid Hussain Qadwai was a respected Takeqdar of Ghadia District in India. After receiving early education from reputable La Martiniere College, Lukhnow, he joined Royal Indian Air Force on 4th Sep 1944 in the Flying Branch as a promising young fighter pilot. At the time of partition, F S was among those few Muslim officers who opted for Pakistan. He joined No 5 Sqn of Royal Pakistan Air Force, formed on 15th August 1947 at Peshawar and equipped with Tempest Aircraft.

In April 1949 Flt Lt F S Hussain won the first position in the Pilot Attack Instructors’ Course at Central Gunnery School at Leconfield, UK. He also set a commonwealth record in air-to-air shooting. The Commandant of the Central Gunnery School had this to say about him, “This officer who is member of the Royal Pakistan Air Force, for combat flying is outstanding in every way. He achieved the finest result in the air experienced in the Central Gunnery School Leconfield, England. F S Hussain also had a unique honor to perform solo aerobatics at the Coronation Ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. His daredevil performance at the ceremony enthralled the large crowd and rendered them awe struck until the end of the ceremony. After witnessing the heroic of young F S Hussain in aerobatics, Air chief Marshal Lord Tedder, the then C-In-C of RAF said, “A generation of pilots is yet to be born, who will try to achieve the standards already perfected by Flt Lt F S Hussain of the RPAF.

At the national level, F S Hussain was a flying genius. As a young Flying Officer, he participated in the first aerial display of RPAF on the first Pakistan Day of the young nation at Lahore on 21st March 1948. F S Hussain was star of the show and stole the hearts of young nation with his daredevil maneuvers. It was breathtaking, often heart stopping, recklessness with which he used to do a slow roll or an inverted run literally at treetop height. On 15 August 1950, as air display was held in PAF Base Drigh Road (Now Faisal) in aid for the RPAF Benevolent Fund, this stunning air display, the first of its kind at the then capital Karachi, was also witnessed by the Prime Minister and his cabinet along with 150,000 people. The entire crowd was mesmerized to see the flying genius in action. One of the best items of the air display was the amazing aerobatics by a Fury Fighter, piloted by Flt Lt F S Hussain who dived at 450MPH, rolled at precariously low attitude, and then climbed with his aircraft upside down.

In Nov 1951, F S Hussain took over as Sqn commander of No 5 Sqn and on 12 Feb 1952 received the Perry Keene Inter Sqn Armament Trophy from C-in-C AVM L W Cannon. F S Hussain was also among the pioneering pilots who played a key role in the induction of PAF’s fir jet aircraft, the Attacker. He was commander of the team that was tasked to ferry the three brand new Attackers from UK to Pakistan. It was a great challenge, which F S Hussain accomplished with great professionalism. F S Hussain once again shot to frame on 22 Dec 1956 when he enthralled the Karachi crowd with his trademark slow roll and inverted pull up at low level.

The great leader of China, Mr. Chou en Lai who was on an official visit to Pakistan for the first tie witnessed those dazzling aerobatics. The premier was so fascinated that he requested the President of Pakistan to meet F S Hussain in person to admire his heroics. 2nd Feb 1958 was a red-letter day in the history of PAF. On this momentous day, for the first time a formation of 16 fighters (F-86 Sabres) performed a loop during an air display held at Mauripur in honor of King Zahir Shah.

In Recognition of the great services rendered by F S Hussain, he was honored with the prestigious command of PAF Base, Mauripur (now Masroor) in 1961. Towards the end of his illustrious career, Air Cdre F S Hussain was serving as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff training at AHQ. The legend breathed his last on 9th April 1969 and was laid to rest at Lahore with full military honors.

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