the last decade, this squadron began to work up on the type
at PAF Masroor near Karachi and was assigned to perform a
variety of tasks, viz. the training of pilots, the arranging
of ground controlled interceptions to train air defence
controllers, and aerial target towing for all three
services. Due to constitutional problems limiting the number
of numbered squadrons the PAF could operate, the F-7Ps were
assigned to the very under-strength squadron, which was then
operating half a dozen T-33A/RT-33A aircraft. The squadron
had for some time operated T-33 and B-57s until the latter's
retirement in late 1986. After the induction of F-7P
aircraft in August 1990, the squadron's role was expanded to
include air defence. At that time the squadron was also
split into two separate flights, designated as 'A Flight'
and 'B Flight' for F-7P and T-33/RT-33 aircraft,
respectively. On 7 July 1993, the T-33/RT-33 aircraft was
phased out, and the squadron's role was confined to air
defence only. In October 1993, the squadron was renamed the
No. 2 Air Superiority Squadron.
Apart from the essential quarterly exercises, the squadron
participated in many operational and air defence exercises.
They included all the Saffron Bandit exercises, the Armament
Competition-96, Inspired Alert exercises with the US Navy,
Exercise High Mark-95 and Air-to Air Missile Firing-98. The
squadron participated in several inter-service exercises at
Kotri in 1991. The squadron won the Non-AI Air Superiority
ACES trophy during 1997.