Dhaka, November 20:- Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan, BBP, BUP, nswc, fawc, psc accorded a reception to the gallantry award holder heroic freedom fighters of Bangladesh Air Force, heroic Pilots of `Kilo Flight’ and their successors on 20 November 2022, Sunday at BAF Shaheen Hall, Tejgaon, Dhaka.
In response to the call of the Father of the Nation, valiant freedom fighters of Bangladesh Air Force joined the great Liberation War. Besides, the members of kilo Flight made a rare example in air combat. The contributiuon of the heroic freedom fighters and the members of Kilo Flight is remembered with utmost respect by the nation. In recognition to their sacrifice, the reception was organized on the occasion of Armed Forces Day-2022 where a total of 28 heroic Freedom Fighters and their successors were present. The Pilots of `Kilo Flight’ and their successors were also present in the ceremony.
Chief of Air Staff exchanged greetings with the heroic Freedom Fighters and their successors during the event. In his speech, Chief of Air Staff respectfully recalled the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and all heroic freedom fighters including the martyrs of Libaratin War. The Chief of Air Staff said, ̔Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has continued her efforts to build the Air Force as desired by the Father of the Nation. Bangladesh Air Force, which was born with only three aircraft on the battlefield of the Great Liberation War, is today equipped with sophisticated fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, helicopters, various types of radars, missiles and even overhauling technology.
A number of projects have been undertaken to increase operational and administrative capacity and several projects have been successfully implemented̕. Chief of Air Staff, with profound respect and gratitude remembered the contribution of Freedom Fighters and Pilots of ̔Kilo Flight’ in Liberation War of 1971.
The sacrifice and contribution of heroic freedom fighters and the members of Kilo Flight have become the source of inspiration for all the present members of Bangladesh Air Force. Principal Staff Officers and Senior Officers of Bangladesh Air Force were present on the occasion.