Today marks the eighth death anniversary of Muhammad Mahmood Alam (MM Alam), who shot down five Indian fighter jets in less than a minute in the 1965 War.
MM Alam was born on July 6, 1935 in Calcutta, India. He was commissioned in the Pakistan Air Force in 1952.
Some incidents of his air battles have become part of war history. MM Alam’s feat of bringing down five Indian fighter jets in less than a minute still amazes listeners.
MM Alam was nicknamed ‘Falcon’ and ‘Little Dragon’ for his exceptional aerial combating skills. He set a record by destroying a total of eleven Indian aircrafts in 1965 war.
Moreover, he was awarded Sitar-e-Imtiaz by the government for his services.
The F-86, used by the hero of the 1965 war, has been placed on the Mall Road, in Lahore, as a memorial.
Alam retired as Air Commodore in 1982 and passed away on March 18, 2013 at the age of 78.