PAF Base Mianwali

PAF Base Mianwali

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PAF Base Mianwali is a Pakistan Air Force airbase located at Mianwali, in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

History

Originally a World War II airstrip, it was decided that Mianwali would be upgraded into a satellite airbase for PAF Base Mushaf (then PAF Base Sargodha) during the 1965 Indo-Pak War to act as an alternate recovery airfield. PAFB Mianwali became operational in October 1971 and was first commanded by Group Captain S. M. Dutta. Aircraft of different types, including the Shenyang F-6, were operated from the base during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. Pilots and anti-aircraft gunners of PAFB Mianwali shot down 5 enemy aircraft during that conflict, the first three days of which the base came under regular attacks.

PAFB Mianwali was again upgraded to a permanent operational airbase in August 1974, although construction of facilities was not completed for another three years. The first base commander was Wing Commander Sultan Muhammad. During November 1975, the No.1 Fighter Conversion Unit (FCU) was transferred to PAFB Mianwali from PAF Base Masroor where it began fighter conversion training using the FT-5 dual-seat training aircraft. Over 500 fighter pilots have graduated since.

In November 1976, No.14 Squadron was transferred to PAFB Mianwali for operational conversion of graduates of the No.1 Fighter Conversion...
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