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No 2 Composite Squadron was formed on 15 April 1956, at PAF Base Mauripur with T-33A aircraft. Initially the squadron was given the name of No 2 Squadron. Later, in April 1975, it was named No 2 Fighter Conversion Unit (No 2 FCU). The present name, 2 Composite Squadron was assigned to it in December 1979. The initial role of the unit was to impart jet conversion training to the freshly graduated pilots from PAF Academy Risalpur and to carry out check rides and instrument ratings for all jet pilots of the airforce. In May 1972 No 20 Photo-Reconnaissance Squadron was number plated and its 3 RT-33s and all its photo equipment was transferred to No 2 Squadron to form a recce flight, thus expanding the role of the unit. In December 1979, after passing out of No 66 GD(P) and No 4 Supplementry courses, the role of the unit was changed to that of a Composite Squadron tasked to perform a varirty of tasks including ground-controlled interceptions for the training of air defence controllers, and aerial target towing for all three services; these were in addition to the earlier tasks of instrument ratings, checkouts and of photo-recce. In August 1982 when No 7 Squadron was temporarily number-plated, all its B-57 light bombers were also transferred to No 2 Squadron, adding yet another role of night interdiction and special missions to the units assignments. No 2 Squadron has the unique honur of receiving the only Nishan-e-Haider (NH) awarded to the PAF. Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas laid down his life in a most extraordinary manner to defend the honour of his country, when he foiled the attempt of his much superior East Pakistani (Bengali) instructor to hijack his aircraft to India during the India-Pakistan War of 1971.

Support elements in the PAF fulfil a variety of roles. Some are designed to make a significant contribution to tactical readiness while others are engaged on tasks of secondary nature. Unusually, though, these are actually assigned to No. 2 Sqn. which also operates the F-7P, necessitating the creation of separate Flights for each type. As a result, 'A' Flight has the F-7Ps while 'B' Flight looks after the 'T-Birds', its modest complement including a couple of RT-33As which are mostly employed on civil-oriented duties such as mapping and aerial survey.



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