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Abdul Ghaffar Mahmud
Born 1933 or 1934
Allegiance Pakistan Pakistan
Bangladesh Bangladesh
Service/branch Pakistan Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
Rank UK-Air-OF7.svgAir Vice Marshal
Air Vice-Marshal star plate.svg
Awards Order of the Rising Sun[1]

Air Vice Marshal (retd.) Abdul Ghaffar Mahmud (born 1933 or 1934)[1] is a former chief of Bangladesh Air Force. He negotiated the release of hostages from hijacked the Japan Airlines Flight 472.[2]


He was a transport pilot of the Douglas C-47 Skytrain transport airlift aircraft in the Pakistan Air Force. During the Liberation War he was posted as a Wing Commander in the high altitude region of Gilgit. He was the chief of Bangladesh Air Force from 5 September 1976 to 8 December 1977.[3] In 1977 he negotiated with the Japanese Red Army who had hijacked Japan Airlines Flight 472 and landed the flight in Dhaka Airport. He worked to get the hostages freed.[4][5][6]


  • My Destiny-Autobiography.[6]


Military offices
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal Khademul Bashar
Chief of Air Staff
1977 – 1981
Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Sadruddin Mohammad Hossain

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