Farooq Feroze Khan

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Farooq Feroze Khan
Birth name Farooq Feroze Khan
Nickname(s) Mirage Ace
Born (1939-08-17) August 17, 1939 (age 75)
Punjab British State, British Indian Empire
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Air Force
Years of service 1959-1997
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Air Chief Marshal (General)
Unit No. 14 Squadron Tail choppers
Commands held AOC PAF Base Masroor
OC Sargodha Air Force Base
Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Operations)
Vice Chief of Air Staff
MD Pakistan International Airlines
Chief of Air Staff
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
No. 9 Squadron Griffins
No. 33 (Fighter/Multi-Role) Wing
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Soviet War in Afghanistan
Awards Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Relations Son of Feroze Khan

Farooq Feroze Khan, NI(M), SBt, (born 17 August 1939), is a retired four-star Air Chief Marshal in the Pakistan Air Force who was the 13th Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) from 1991 to 1994. Khan was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee from 1994 to 1997. He is the only Air Force four-star general and air officer to accomplish this task.[1]

Air Force career[edit]

Farooq Feroze Khan joined the PAF after completing his Senior Cambridge from PAF Public School Sargodha where he belonged to 1st entry (69 – Fury House).[2] He was selected for training at the USAF Academy and on return, was commissioned in the PAF in 4 January 1959 in the 27th GD(P) Course. He has flown all the aircraft in the PAF inventory and even the Hunters, which he flew while on attachment to Royal Air Force.

Command and staff appointments[edit]

A graduate of Flight Leaders School, Khan commanded No. 9 Squadron, No. 33 Wing, and two fighter bases; PAF Base Sargodha and Masroor. He also has the distinction of commanding a Fighter Wing in the United Arab Emirates Air Force for three years.[1]

Some of his staff appointments included Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Staff, Assistant Commandant of PAF Air War College, Senior Air Staff Officer at the Southern Air Command, ACAS (Plans), DCAS (Operations) and Vice Chief of Air Staff. He was seconded to the Pakistan International Airlines as Chairman/MD before assuming command of the PAF in 1991.

Chief of Air Staff[edit]

Khan assumed the command of PAF at a difficult time. The Pressler Amendment had just been enforced and all the plans made for the restructuring of the Force had to be changed. He undertook the review and oversaw the induction of Australian Mirages, their upgrade, and the induction of F-7s. He also launched the search for a hi-tech weapon system in lieu of the F-16s that had been denied. he ensured the smooth amalgamation of the engineering branches, reorganized the Personnel Branch, and injected new life into the Inspectorate system by creating the post of Inspector General with wide ranging powers.

He was decorated with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-e-Basalat.[1] He was CAS for three years and eight months before becoming CJCSC for three years from 1994 to 1997.

Personal life[edit]

Zafar Khan,an olympian field hockey silver and gold medalist is the cousin of Farooq Feroze Khan. They are a descendant of the Burki Pathans of Jalandar and belongs to the Danishmand branch (khel). He is married to Farzana Khan and has three children. He resides in Islamabad.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c The Story of the Pakistan Air Force 1988-1998: A Battle Against Odds (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  2. ^ "Profile of Farooq Feroze Khan" Sargodhians website, accessed 1 June 2009
Military offices
Preceded by
Chief of Air Staff
1991 – 1994
Succeeded by
Abbas Khattak
Preceded by
Shamim Alam Khan
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
1994 – 1997
Succeeded by
Jehangir Karamat