||2nd February 1958 was a significant
day in the history of aviation as well as that of the Pakistan
Air Force. On that day, for the first time a formation of 16 fighters
(F-86 Sabers) performed a loop during an air display at Masroor
Air Base, Karachi. The painting is partly symbolic, depicting
the leading element of the 16 "Falcons" (their call
sign) taking off from the runway at Masroor. In the background
is an impression of the 16 Sabers in immaculate formation as they
looked after having joined up, climbing vertically for a loop.
Renowned fighter pilot and wartime leader of the Air Force, Wing
Commander M Z Masud, who was later awarded Hilal-i-Jurat in the
1965 War, led the team.