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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 Furstenfeldbruck.

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).
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Photo courtesy former Air Force Major Farhad Nassirkhani
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