Officers Mess on Noruz 1332 (March 1953) in Marana U.S. Air Force Base in Tucson,
Arizona. These are the first group of young officers of the IIAF
( Imperial Iranian Air Force ) sent to the U.S. for pilot
training. Before, Iranian officers were sent to Germany in a US Air Force base at
After completion of the course, they were sent to Lubbok AFB in Texas. Among them
the future Air Force Commander General
Amir Hossein Rabii who was tried and executed with Ground
Force Commander General Rahimi in the aftermath of the revolution.
Seated: Group leader Major Mahini and his wife Iran Nassirkhani.
Standing from R to L: Mehdi Vahdati (killed in aircraft crash), Amir Hossein
Rabii (executed), Mohamad Ali Arvandi, Reza Mirtolooi,
Masih Motahary (killed in aircraft crash), Siamak Jahanbini (killed in aircraft crash).
Photo courtesy former Air Force Major Farhad Nassirkhani
Sent by Darius Kadivar
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