Abbas Doran

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Abbas Doran
Abbas Doran-F-4 Phantom II.jpg
Born (1950-10-22)October 22, 1950
Shiraz, Iran
Died July 21, 1982(1982-07-21) (aged 31)
Baghdad , Iraq
Allegiance Islamic Republic of Iran
Service/branch IRI.Army Air Force Seal.svg Air Forces
Rank Major General
Battles/wars Iran–Iraq War[1]

Major General. Abbas Doran (October 22, 1950 Shiraz - July 21, 1982 Baghdad), also spell Dowran or Dooran, Persian: عباس دوران ‎) was an acclaimed fighter pilot and is regarded as a national hero. General Doran piloted an F-4 Phantom IIin the Imperial Iranian Air Force and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force. He died in combat actions during the Iran–Iraq War.


Abbas Doran attended the Undergraduate Pilot Training Program at Columbus Air Force Base. He graduated in the fall of 1972 as a member of Class 73-02.


While in the Iranian Air Force, he participated in the air strikes against the Iraqi Navy during Operation Morvarid in October 1980. Was valued for planning IRIAF operations mission against Iraq military with a high rate of success. Claims exist that he help draft attack mission against Israel after the IDF invaded south Lebanon in 1982. He petitioned Islamic Republic political leaders asking them to stop executing and arresting former Imperial Iranian Air Force pilots during the time of war.

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In 1982, Saddam Hussein offered to host the 7th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Baghdad Iraq.[2] The conference was planned to take place at Baghdad’s Al-Rashid Hotel.[3] Iran tried to show that Baghdad was vulnerable to IRIAF air strikes. On July 21, 1982, Doran flew his F-4E Phantom to Baghdad and attacking the Al-Doura refinery in Baghdad. His F-4E was then hit by a Roland 2 SAM. His weapon systems officer ejected from the plane and was taken prisoner. Fearing capture directed his aircraft into the Al-Rashid Hotel.[3] His actions caused the summit to be held in New Delhi instead of Baghdad.[citation needed]


After the outbreak of the Iran–Iraq War, General Doran became a hero in the IRIAF. Iraq returned Doran's remains to Iran on 21 July 2002.

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