Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam is a retired Pakistani fighter pilot, Flying ace and one-star general who served with the Pakistan Air Force from 1960 till 1982. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat and Bar ("The star of courage"), for his actions during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. In earning his decorations, Alam downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute — the first four within 30 seconds — establishing a World Record which is still unbroken.
Alam is well-known for his actions during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 when he was posted at Sargodha with No.11 Squadron (Arrows). During this war he was involved in various dogfights while flying his F-86 Sabre fighter. He downed nine Indian fighters in air-to-air combat, including six Hawker Hunter fighters.In
one mission on 7 September 1965, Alam downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute, the first four within 30 seconds, establishing a world record still unbroken.
Alam's confirmed kills are as follows:
- 6 September 1965, 1× Hawker Hunter
(i) Squadron Leader Ajit Kumar Rawlley, No. 7 Sqn, KIA near Tarn Taran.
- 7 September 1965, 5× Hawker Hunters
(i) Squadron Leader Onkar Nath Kacker, No. 27 Sqn, POW
(ii) Squadron Leader A B Devayya, No. 7 Sqn
(iii) Squadron Leader Suresh B Bhagwat, No. 7 Sqn
(iv) Flight Lieutenant B Guha, No. 7 Sqn
(v) Flying Officer Jagdev Singh Brar, No. 7 Sqn, KIA, near Sangla Hill.
- September 16, 1965, 1× Hawker Hunter
(i) Flying Officer Farokh Dara Bunsha, No. 7 Sqn, KIA, near Amritsar.
His record of shooting down 5 Indian aircraft in less than 60 seconds couldn't be broken by anyone. He is still the World's fastest Flying Ace. Although belonging to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Alam remained loyal to Pakistan opted to stay with Pakistan Air Force after the 1971 war and continued to serve the Air Force with patriotism. He is a true legend and hero, he is an immense source of pride for the nation and the Armed Forces. Whole Pakistan is proud of him. Pakistan Zindabad!
- Sami Alvi