Imperial Iranian Air Force Golden Crown

Iranian Golden Crown Aerobatic Team 1958
Information from the Golden Crown web site courtesy of Farhad Sepahbody

The history of the IIAF Golden Crown finds its beginning in 1955 with the delivery of the F-84G Thunderjet, the first jet fighter of the Imperial Iranian Air Force. Prior to delivery of the first jets, the IIAF sent 15 pilots (including Gen. Mahammad Khatami who later became the commander of the Air Force) to Fursten Feldbrook USAF Base in Germany to attend the Jet Pilot Training School. Upon completion of the training program, ten pilots (including Gen. Khatami) returned to Iran while five of them (Capt.'s Nader Jahanbani, Siamak Jahanbini, and 1st Lt.'s Iraj Mokhaberi, Amirhossain Rabii, and Abdolhossain Minousepehr) continued their training by going to Jet Pilot Instructor Course. Luckily, Fursten Feldbrook AFB was the home of the "Sky Blazers" USAF Acro team at the time, and their day-to-day practices were carefully being watched by Capt. Nader Jahanbani. He wished that someday the IIAF would also have such a team of their own. This wish was the source of a close friendship between Capt. Jahanbani and the members of the Sky Blazers, especially with team leader Maj. Smallen. This friendship enabled Capt. Nader Jahanbani to participate in some of the Sky Blazers team practices by flying in the backseat of Maj. Smallen. After completing the Jet Instructor Pilot Course and returning back to Iran, Nader Jahanbani (now Maj.) formed Iran's first AcroJet team by practicing with Gen. Khatami (now Air Force Commander), Capt. Jahanbini, Capt. Rabii, and 1st Lt. Minousepehr.
Finally, after 72 practice sessions, in June 1958, the dream of Maj. Nader Jahanbani turned to reality and the beautiful blue Iranian sky witnessed a new flock of high-flying birds called the Imperial Iranian Air Force Golden Crown AcroJet Team (Teame Acro Jete Tadje Talaee Niroue Hawaee Shahanshahi Iran). Because Maj. Nader Jahanbani was able to turn his vision and dream into reality, he became the Father of the IIAF Golden Crown.

Golden Crown team members during the F-84G Thunderjet years:

1958 Four-Ship F-84G Thunderjet: Maj. Nader Jahanbani (Leader); Gen. Mohammad Khatami; Capt. Siamak Jahanbini; 1st Lt Abdolhosain Minousepehr; Capt Amirhossain Rabii (Alternate).

1959 Nine-Ship F-84G Thunderjet: Maj. Nader Jahanbani (Leader); Gen. Mahammad Khatami; Capt. Amirhossain Rabii; Capt. Abdolhosain Minusepehr; Capt. Changiz Makoii; 1st Lt. Nader Yousefi; 1st Lt. Fariboorz Paywar; 1st Lt. Bahman Bagheri; 1st Lt. Asghar Imanian.
This team also had three Joint Air Shows two with USAF Team (Four-Ship F-100) and one with Italian Air Force Team (Six-Ship F-86).

1960 Six-Ship F-84G Thunderjet: Maj. Nader Jahanbani (leader); Capt. Abdolhosain Minusepehr; Capt. Bahman Bagheri; Capt. Fariboorz Paywar; Capt. Asghar Imanian; 1st Lt. Ayat Mohagheghi; 1st Lt. Nader Yousefi.
This team also had a joint Air Show With USAF Team (Four-Ship F-100).

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