Rashid Minhas was born in 17 February 1951, his father Abdul-Hameed Minhas was an garrison engineer in Pak Army. Many of his family were found in army, navy and air force of Pakistan. He choose the Pakistan air force.
Rashid acquired early education from Karachi and Rawalpindi, In 1969 got admission in PAF Academy Rasalpur. For training Rashid was sent to Kohat, Rasalpur, Peshawar and Karachi by PAF academy. Became a pilot officer on August 15, 1971, after all trainings.
On 20 August 1971 Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas was to takeoff on a routine training flight when his Instructor Pilot forced him from the rear cockpit, seized control of the aircraft and took off. When Rashid Minhas realized that the absconding pilot was heading towards India, he tried to regain control of the plane but was unable to do so. Knowing that it meant certain death, he damaged the controls and forced the aircraft to crash thirty-two miles short of the border.