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Chronological Listing of Iranian Air Force Northrop F-5

Losses & Ejections



Iranian F-5
Serials

(List and fates)

 
Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
                 
                 
  The following information was received on 5th October 2011. Please can anyone add to / amend the details especially spelling of the pilot's names.
Summer 1968

Lt  Zareeee   and Lt Aghajani  collided with each other during a gunnery practice in Koushk Nosrat Range somewhere near Tehran.. Both pilots had finished their gunnery practice successfully and made a 180 degree turn to leave the range .. one of them  had a faster speed and reached the next aircraft and collided.
Both were killed.
They were from Mehrabad AFB  .. . both were new f-5 pilots

 

February  1969

Lt Sabaghian from Dezful AFB lost his life during gunnery practice .. He flew below the safe altitude andcrashed into the target
.. he was a new pilot

Summer 1969

 ( I am not sure about the date )

Lt Saadat crashed somewhere near Shiraz ..the leader   was   flying in a very low altitude both crashed and lost their life  ..they were young and new pilots

 

Summer 1969

 ( I am not sure about the date )

 Lt Kharazmi and Lt Saadat crashed somewhere near Shiraz ..the leader   was   flying in a very low altitude both crashed and lost their life  ..they were young and new pilots

 

Summer 1969

 ( I am not sure about the date )

Lt Saniee crashed no more information

1971   F-5   Bosheher Air Force Base Crashed at Air Force Base Sarvan HASSAN SALKHI    
DETAILS & PHOTO Appreciated
1971
IIAF
F-5A Freedom Fighter   Golden Crown
Aerobatic Display Team
  1st Lt. Esmaeel Ghayour
killed
   
1974
IIAF
F-5A Freedom Fighter   Golden Crown
Aerobatic Display Team
Crashed during practice flight Capt. Jalal Payami killed    
10th August 1974

IIAF
F-5     CAP flight in south-west of Iran Capt. Toussi ejected   Martin-Baker
29th June 1975

IIAF
F-5       2.Lt. Garanpayeh   Martin-Baker
16th June 1976

IIAF
F-5       Capt. H. Amirian   Martin-Baker
7th April 1978

IIAF
F-5   42nd TFS
Dezful AFB
  Capt. H. Yazdansbenass ejected safely Martin-Baker

note: He was the best friend of Lt.Col. Ali Egbali Dokahe who was shot down over Aqrah inside of Iraq

 

1-Ali Eghbali Dokahe(full correct name) and Ali Eghbali are same(photo belonges to the same man.

He was one the best F5 Iranian pilot. He could no fly in war (he had official seat,because air force needed him

More for other department of Iran air force. He was ace combat fighter, Saddam made a reward to any one capture

him alive or dead, he ejected before his jet crashes on Mousel(Iraqi city)...killed by Iraqi people.

 

I would like to remind this...in the during of the war while Saddam's pilots were attacking by any chemical and deathly

Short or long range Missiles to the schools, shoping centers, stadiums, maternity hospitals!!, farms,villages...and

When they were opening fire in low alt by their jet's gun on the civilian people( like Iraqi pilot Adnan Al-dalimi)

Who recieved a brave medal from saddam for his job!....in other side Iranian pilots never attempted to bombard or

any air to the ground attack to the civilian or residential areas in Iraq.

14th April 1978

IIAF
F-5       2.Lt. R. Fathi   Martin-Baker
1st December 1978

IIAF
F-5       ejected   Martin-Baker
IIAF F-5
"01380"

                                                                                                                                                                                       photo via Bahram
1st April 1979

Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah.
Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF) become Islamic Republic Iranian Air Force (IRAAF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing Left to Right

Capt. Fereidoun Arbab
 
Capt. Masoud Amiri
ejected safely in 1970  when he was a f-4 pilot
[killed in action flying an F-4 Phantom in October 1980]
Capt. Mostafa Afshar
Deputy Squadron Commander

Kneeling Left to Right

Esmaeel Ghayour
( Golden Crown Aerobatic team ) killed 1971  
?? Capt Ebtehaj

Shahroukhi AFB (Hamedan)

 

1980         Karkheh - Dezful Gholam Gholamrezaee KIA  
 
Abuot Gholam Gholamrezae...I have with Fathali (read fatali) Gholamrezaee
Karkhe...26 Nov 1980...his body was returned to Iran on 1 Dec 1985
Sometime Iranians have two names, one on their ID card and another how the people knows them or call them,
19 April 1980

29.01.1359

  F-5E      Lost in south of Iran Hoseyn Abdolshahi
KIA
 
Sept 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5     over Rawanduz Asadolah Barbari KIA  
18th (??) September 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   Dezful AFB
Shot down in southern Iraq during the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War.
Col. Hossein Lashgari,
POW
- released from prison in April 1998
   
23rd September 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   Dezful AFB shot down near Naseriyah inside Iraq by an IrAF Mig-23 using R-13 missile Lt.Col. Gholam Hoseyn Orooji  
23rd September 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   Dezful AFB shot down near Naseriyah inside Iraq by an IrAF Mig-23 Lt. Massiholah Dinmohammadi    
23Sep80
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   21st TFW Shot down by Iraqi MiG-21MF near Mossel Hassan Afshin Azar  KIA  
23Sep80
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   21st TFW Tabriz AFB Shot down by Iraqi MiG-21MF Lt.Col. Ali Jahan shahloo KIA
xxx
 
25 Sept. 1980         shot down while was firing 23mm onto the enemy ground positions. According to his wingman 1st.Lt. Del Anvar he crashed to the mountain west of Khanegheyn inside Iraq. Captain Kazem Zarifkhadem
KIA

Captain Zarifkhadem had been a member of the Aerobatic Display Team "The Golden Crown"

 
25 Sept. 1980

????

  F-5E     Hit with an single SA-6 over the city of Kirkook. The SAM detonated right over the jet and injured the pilot and damaged the aircraft. Pilot was unable to eject and crashed with aircraft Capt. Asadollah Barbari    
26Sep80
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down by Iraqi MiG-23MF      
30th September 1980
13:00

IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Flew on mission to attack the city of Basrah. Shot down by Iraqi MiG-21MF north of Dehloran Maj. Amir Asaadi Yasaaghi ejected
POW
Presumed died in captivity
Never Came Home
 
5 Oct. 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     West of Dezful after Take off  ??? Jooraki KIA    
5 Oct. 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down over the Ali Galleh Zard and Village of Channaneh, West of Dezful after Take off Changiz Sepehr KIA  
 

6-Changiz Sepehr KIA  (along with him 1st Lt. Joodaki KIA)....they were shot down seconds afetr teke off...according to short distance between the target and AFB....

 

 

   
11th October 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   11th Fighter Squadron  crashed Capt. Mohamad Vakili Zahir
KIA
 
12Oct80
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down by Iraqi MiG-21MF      
20Oct80
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   21st TFW Shot down by Iraqi MiG-21MF pilot KIA    
20Oct80
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   21st TFW Shot down by Iraqi MiG-21MF pilot KIA    
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRIAF F-5 pilots prior to a mission over Iraq
                                                           photo IIAF.net

23Oct80
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down by Iraqi MiG-21MF      
23Oct80
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down by Iraqi      
1st November 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   21st TFW Shot down over Aqrah inside Iraq Ali Eqbali Dokahe
KIA
 
8th November 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   43rd FS   Gen. Ashgar Sadri Noshad  
13th or 14th November 1980                

IRIAF
Northrop F-5E Lt. Col. Parviz Zabihi
KIA

 

No ejection 
  21st TFW Shot down by Iraqi  57mm Gun fire NE of Mosel during attack on Iraqi ground forces while returning to Iranian territory

note: Lt. Col. Zabihi's loss was witnessed by Maj. Ardestani. Lt.Col. Parviz Zabihi was Maj. Ardestani's wingman

24 Nov. 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5       Mohammad Kambakhsh Ziaee KIA  
26th November 1980

5.Azar mah. 1359


IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   21st TFW Shot down by Iraqi 1st. Lt. Amir Zanjani
KIA
   
26th November 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   21st TFW Shot down by Iraqi 2nd. Lt. Abolhasan Abolhassani

 

Abolhassan Abolhassani
KIA

   
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - over Ducan Dam Abolhassan Aboulhassani    
26th November 1980

6th Azar mah 1359


IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down by SAM near Dezful near Karkheh River Yoones Khoshbin  
  There is some confusion as to the actual dates of the events - They were either 26th or the 28th November
Iranian Valfajr-8 operation

On 26th November 1989  eight F-5E's from Tabriz AFB took off to attack their targets.

 

The first formation of two F-5E's,  lead by Major Ardestani attacked an Iraqi Microwave Aerial with MK-82 bombs and with 23mm Gun Fire

28th November 1980

The second formation lead  by Captain Sharifirad and wingman 1st. Lt. Amir Zanjani was  intercepted by two irAF MIG-23MS near the city of Suleymaniye resulting in the shoot-down of 1st. Lt. Zanjani by an R-13 short range missile.

In turn Captain Sharifirad shot down the MiG-23 wingman, the kill being recorded on gun camera.
The target destination was not attacked.

[Captain Sharifirad remembers the events slightly differently and that the two aircraft were in fact MiG-21's. Zanjani's F-5 collided with one of the MiG-21s during the engagement. Neither pilot was able to eject. Sharifirad shot down the second MiG-21 immediately after the collision]

 

The third formation of four F-5s took off 10 minutes later to attack the Dookan Barrier (Dam)
The target was hit uncorrect and the number 3 of this formation 2nd. Lt. Abolhasan Abolhasani was shot down by SA-2 Missile

Confirm date

In the Valfajr-8 operation for liberating of FAW island and on the third day of the operations two F-5E's were hit over the Area....the leader Maj. Mostafa Ardestani was hit by an single SA-6 right after the jet crossed the Arvand River and 10 miles inside of iraqi Air Space.  Maj. Ardestani managed a safe landing at his AFB but his wingman Captain Asadzadeh was shot down and KIA over Faw and crashed with his jet.

Source: Translated from Farsi from Maj. Ardestani's book

                 
5th December 1980
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   TFB.2 Badly damaged in air engagement with Iraqi MiG-23. The MiG was shot down and the damaged F-5 managed to return to base minus most of its nose section Captain Yadi Sharifad
landed the plane back at the air base
Martin-Baker IRQ7A
19th December 1980
[also seen as 16th December]

IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   TFB.2 Shot down by heat seeking missile in dog-fight with four MiG-21s, two of which were shot down Captain Yadi Sharifirad
ejected at low altitude and 420kts

rescued by Kurds
Martin-Baker IRQ7A
Late
1980

IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   Shiraz AB Shot down by friendly fire returning from bombing mission over Baghdad Major Shahaab Soltani Tabatabaii
killed
Martin-Baker
 

He was a Captain and head of the training center at Shiraz AB at the time of his last mission. He was stationed at Bosheher AB for most of his career in IIAF and he was XO of  Bosheher AB in 1977. He was flying back from a bombing mission over Baghdad in a F5-E with one engine on fire. His plan was to eject over Iranian territories.  Somewhere over Susangard he became victim of friendly fire; a direct hit from Iranian SAM batteries.  His body was never found. .  I can recall the year to be 1980.

17th March 1981
IRIAF
Northrop F-5       Mohammad Hossein Darabee KIA    
May 1981
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   TFB.4 Shot down by Iraqi      
May 1981
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   TFB.4 Shot down by Iraqi      
8th May 1981
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   TFB.4 Shot down by Iraqi      
1Apr82
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   TFB.? Shot down by Iraqi Mirage F.1EQ Qazani KIA    
26Feb82
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down by Iraqi Mirage F.1EQ      
12th July 1982
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E       Rahim Zooghi Moghadam KIA  
??Dec82
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down by Iraqi MiG-23MF      
27 Jan. 1983
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E       ??? Nadernia KIA xxx  
????83
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down by Iraqi MiG-21MF damaged & forced down    
????83
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down by Iraqi MiG-21MF      
14th  October 1983

22.Aban mah.1362


IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Shot down by MIG-21 over Ahwaz Ebrahim Bazargan
KIA
 

 

Major Pollad Davoodi

This RF-5E piloted by Major Pollad Davoodi took off from Dezful AFB to conduct a Reconnaissance  Mission over the long Front between Iran and Iraq.


Flying at low altitude over east Hoveyzeh the pilot began taking photographs at low altitude.
Returning for a second photo run the RF-5 "popped-up" but this time the jet was hit by Gun Fire.
Despite having a damaged aircraft Major Pollad escaped from the area and flew back to Dezful AFB.Area and go back to AFB

Hydraulic problems were beginning to occur and the pilot realised that there would be landing difficulties. He contacted the Air Base and informed them of the problems. On their advice he flew across the runway at 20ft AGL and the IRIAF Mechanics saw how badly it was damaged/

The pilot landed at very high speed 500km/h and was finally stopped with the help of Barriers at the end of runway.

When the reconnaissance photos were developed they revealed an amazing shadow sequence. If you look carefully at the images from right to left you can see that in the first the tail is intact. In the other pictures you can detect the damage to the aircraft tail

 
19th April 1984

30 Bahman mah 1363


IRIAF
      Crashed  in Lake of Qom 100km south of Tehran near the Tehran-Qom Freeway Maj. Pollad Davoodi
KIA
   
13 Feb 86
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   TFB.2 shot down by Iraqi MiG-23ML Capt Ghasem Varzdar ejected captured POW   he was badly injured  (not KIA) released 1990    
1st February 1987
IRIAF
Northrop F-5     Shot down by Iraqi Fighter over Iraq General Mansour Mohammadi Azad KIA  
????87
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E   TFB.2 Shot down by Iraqi Hunter F.Mk.59 Lt Col Mohammad Varasteh ejected captured POW  released 1990    
4th July 1987

15 Mordad mah 1366


IRIAF
Northrop F-5     hit with 23mm Gun in Iraqi air space      
pilot Maj. Ali Mohammad Naderi landed aircraft safely back seater Maj. Gen. Abbas Babaie died from injuries sustained from 23mm 10 minutes after landing  
Monday 5th September 1988
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     Crashed in Isfahan - Iran Major Gholam Reza Ranjbaran
killed
Martin-Baker
The above information now corrects the date of Gholam Reza Ranjbaran fatal accident - shown earlier as 7th October 1980

                                                                                                                                                                                Source: contributed by forum member and shown on ACIG

A recent photo (2005 - 2007 ???) of an Iranian Northrop F-5 2-7255 clearly showing the Martin-Baker IR10LF Ejection Seat
The photo was apparently taken at Shiraz - where this plane is believed now in service with the Flying School/Academy IRIAF

 

Wednesday 9th May 2007
10:30 hours local time

IRIAF
Northrop F-5     crashed near Golkhaneh village in Hosseinieh district in Alvar region north of Khuzestan province. Pilot reported as killed   no ejection
Wednesday 9th May 2007
10:30 hours local

IRIAF
Northrop F-5    4th Air Force Base in Dezfoul crashed in southwestern Khuzestan province  Iran, outside the city of
Dezfull, 10 miles from the country's border with Iraq near Golkhaneh village in Hosseinieh district in Alvar region
Pilot reported as killed   no ejection
 
About Mahmoud Alavi (Last F5E pilot crashed so far)
9 May 2007 16 km of Andimeshk, 10am wends(around area name as Chamgolack!?)
Thursday 25th June 2009
(near noon)

IRIAF
Lost in flight to TFB-10 Chabahar while participating in Exercise
"Milad noor-e-Velaiat" [birth of leadership`s light].
Crashed in south of Iran
  Martin-Baker
Northrop F-5F 3-7174
[75-0701]
TFS 21
TFB-2 Tabriz
Major Ghader Asadi Killed Co Pilot ???
ejected and injured
Martin-Baker
Saturday 10th September 2011
IRIAF
Northrop F-5 Tiger II   Tabrīz International Airport
Tabrīz, Iran
Crashed near the airport  in Tabrīz, capital of East Azerbaijan Province, northwest Iran.  pilot
ejected
 
Martin-Baker 
IR10LF
Sunday 21st April 2013
IRIAF
Northrop F-5B
Tiger
  4th TFS
Dezful Air Force Base
Crashed into Ilam's mountains near the town of Abdanan in Abdanan Province, south west Iran     Martin-Baker
Lt.Col.Hossein (Morteza) Pour Habib
(student)
killed
Capt. Hossein Tahaani Nazif
(IP)
killed
Martin-Baker
                 
                 
                 

Details of this incident to follow soon

 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
DATE
IRIAF
Northrop F-5     Shot down over, and crashed into  the Karkhe River Col. Hassan Bastani
ejected
KIA
 
25th June 1981
IRIAF
Northrop F-5     Karkheh Gholamhossein Bastani    
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - Over Faw Asdolah Assad Zadeh

 

Assad Assadzadeh

   
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - Mohammad Balazadeh    
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - 70 NM from Mosul Ebrahim Delhamed  
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - over Aqrah Ali Eqhbali  
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - over Rawanduz Abbas Fazilat    
 
Also Abbas Fazilat...i have with Hamid Fazilat
He ejected once and saved by Iranian rescue crew after 48 hours crashed in the water(persian gulf)
But he insist to fly again eventhough he had injuries....Killed in action dated 28 Oct 1980

 

Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - Dezful Bijan Harooni  
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - Iraq Ali Jahan Shahloo    
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - Karkheh - Dezful Youness Khoshbin    
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - Karkheh - Dezful Gholamhossein. Khoshniyyat    
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - over Sahand & Sabalan-Tabriz Ali Naghdi    
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - Over Ahwaz

 killed by Arabs supporting Iraq

Mohamad Ali Oshrieh (Farzin) ejected safely near Ahwaz  
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - over Ahwaz Ebrahim Tavakoli    
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - Mahmood Yazdanpanah    
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - Soleymanieh 1st. Lt. Zanjani
(Sharifi's Wingman)
   
Unknown
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA -      
DATE NEEDED
IRIAF
Northrop F-5E     KIA - West of Dezful Major Mahmood Alavi
killed
Martin-Baker
 
3-F5-Es pilots 28 sept 1980 (Kamaan 99 operation) famoused by 140 fighter aircraft attacked to Iraqi bases
-Capt Parviz Hatamiyaan ejected,became POW
-1st Lt Shahram Oveysee ejected safely but injured
-Maj Mohamad djavad Vartavaan ejected safly but injured
-1st Lt Touradj Youssef Killed in action
-1st Lt Ali-morad Djahanshah-loo (same pilot you know as Ali jahanshahloo) but pronunciation is with Dj more correct.

 

 
    Standing L to R:
  • 1st Lt. Bijan Tavakoli
  • 1st Lt. Dallalkhoush ( shot down)
  • 1st Lt. Fatemi
  • 1st Lt. Assdzadeh ( shot down)
  • 1st Lt. Ahmad Meighani ( presently Air Force commander)
  • 1st Lt. Nader Shahsavary ( living in san Antonio)
    Seating L to R:
  • 1st Lt. Mansour Barikani (killed in the back seat)
  • 1st Lt. Reza Ranjbaran (crashed)
  • 1st Lt. Vahidi Rod
  • 1st Lt. Majid Shabani
  • 1st Lt. Hadian

 

I found this photo on the web.

Can anyone add dates and circumstances to the pilots shown as (shot down) ?
I had Gholam Reza Ranjbaran as shot down on 7th October 1980 - this is now known to be in error - he crashed on 5th September 1988.

 

 

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