Middle East Conflicts

NAME                  VICTORIES   AIRFORCE           COMMENTS

Azam, Saiful              3       RJAF, IrAF         +1 during India-Pakistan War
Alvi, Sattar              1       SyAF     
U ... Unconfirmed

Air-to-Air Victories

Date Unit Aircraft Pilot Victim e/a Pilot Country
5Jun67 1 Sqn RJAF Hunter F.Mk.73 S.Azam Mystére IVA (94) M.Bula IDF/AF
7Jun67 4/7 Sqn IrAF Hunter F.Mk.59
S.Azam Mirage IIICJ G.Dror IDF/AF
7Jun67 4/7 Sqn IrAF Hunter F.Mk.59
S.Azam Vautour II (65) S.Keren/A.Inbar-Meltzer IDF/AF
26Apr74 67 Sqn SyAF MiG-21F-13 S.Alvi Mirage IIICJ M.Lutz No.5 Air Wing

Hawker Hunter F.Mk.59

Hawker Hunter F.Mk.59, No.29 Squadron. Habbaniya AB, Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Iraqiya (Iraqi Air Force, القوات الجوية العراقية), 7 June 1967

Following the successful interception of the third Israeli air raid on H-3 airfield, on the morning of 7 June 1967, the IrAF Hunter “570” was decorated with two kill markings for two Israeli fighters a Mirage and a Vautour shot down by the Pakistani pilot Flt.Lt. Saif-ul-Azam. Somewhat unusually, the kill markings together with appropriate inscription about Azam's achievements have been applied on the right side of front fuselage, bellow the cockpit. The aircraft continued to serve with the IrAF well into the 1970s, when it has had the nose and fin painted in red, and was flown by a display team of the IrAF Flying Leaders School. It was retired from service in the late 1980s, at Habbaniyah AB, but its airframe still exists at the dump of that airfield.

Sources & Literature
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