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Jalil Zandi
Portrait of Jalil Zandi
Native name
جلیل زندی
Born (1951-05-02)May 2, 1951
Garmsar, Iran
Died April 1, 2001(2001-04-01) (aged 49)
Tehran, Iran
Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, Tehran
Allegiance Iran
Service/branch IIAF-Seal.svg Imperial Iranian Air Force
IRI.Army Air Force Seal.svg Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
Years of service 1970–2001
Rank 18- سرتیپ--IRIAF.png Brigadier General
Battles/wars Iran–Iraq War
Awards Fath Medal.jpg 2nd grade Fath Medal
Spouse(s) Zahra Moheb Shahedin

Brig. General Jalil Zandi (1951–2001) was a fighter pilot in the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force who served for the full Iran–Iraq War. His record qualifies him as an ace and the most successful pilot of that conflict in air-to-air combat. It also made him the highest-scoring pilot in the history of the F-14 Tomcat.


Jalil Zandi began in the IIAF and stayed on to serve in the IRIAF when it was somewhat dangerous for pilots to continue their military service.

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Zandi with F-14 Tomcat

He earned his fame as an F-14 Tomcat pilot during the Iran–Iraq War. He has been reliably credited with shooting down 11 Iraqi aircraft (8 confirmed victories through examination with US intelligence documents released according to FOIA inquiry and 3 probable victories). The victories include four MiG-23s, two Su-22s, two MiG-21s, and three Mirage F1s. This makes him the most successful F-14 Tomcat pilot ever.


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Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery Tehran

His last official post, before his death, was deputy for planning and organization of the Iranian Air Force

He died with his wife Zahra Moheb Shahedin in 2001 in a car accident near Tehran. He is buried in Behesht-e Zahra cemetery in the south of Tehran. He had three sons: Vahid, Amir, and Nader.

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