Armed Forces Overviews
Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Fiza'ya
The JF-17 Thunder is developed by PAC (Pakistan Aeronautical Complex) CAC (Chengdu Aircraft Corporation) from China. Eventually the Pakistan Air Force hopes to operates 150 aircraft of the type.
Photo:
Rogier Westerhuis
Jacobabad (OPJA)
Shahbaz AB
Rwy: 15/33, 15L/33R
Pos: 28°17'03"N 068°26'59"E
Elev: 185 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
39 Wing

5sq F-16C-52
F-16D-52
Falcons

Four CN235s are operated since 2004.
Photo:
Stephan de Bruijn
Karachi/PAF Korangi Creek
Rwy: none
Pos: 24°46'56"N 067°08'11"E
Elev: 18 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
PAF Korangi Creek

Pre-trade Training School (PTTS) F-6
F-7
Mirage
These are in use as instructional airframes; it is not a flying base.

Masroor (OPMR)
Rwy: 04/22, 09/27
Pos: 24°53'37"N 066°56'24"E
Elev: 35 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
32 (Fighter Ground Attack) Wing

2sq JF-17 (Proud) Minhasians


4sq KE-03


7sq Mirage 3AO
Mirage 3DP
Bandits


8sq Mirage 5PA2
Mirage 5PA3
Mirage 5DD
Haiders


22(OCU)sq Mirage 3DP
Mirage 5EF
Mirage 3EL
Mirage 3BE
Mirage 3BL
Ghazis


84(SAR)sq Alouette 3
Mi-171Sh
Dolphins


Station Flight PAC/MFI-17
PAF Base Masroor was named after Air Commodore Masroor Hussain, who was killed in an air crash in June 1967 while commanding PAF Mauripur.

The Pakistan Air Force operates a large fleet of Mirage 3 and 5 aircraft. It is a mixture of freshly produced aircraft and second hand examples from France, Australia, Lebanon and Libya. Around 50 Mirage 3OAs and Mirage 3ODs were bought during the late eighties and are serving the Air Force from Masroor. This one, 90-533, was delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force on 22 February 1966 and operated there as A3-33.
Photo:
Rogier Westerhuis
Mianwali (OPMI)
PAF Base M.M. Alam
Rwy: 06L/24R, 06R/24L
Pos: 32°33'47"N 071°34'14"E
Elev: 690 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
37 (Combat Traning) Wing

1(FCU)sq K-8P Rahbers


18(OCU)sq F-7P
FT-7P
Sharp Shooters


86(SAR)sq Alouette 3


Station Flight PAC/MFI-17
PAF Base M.M. Alam was named after legendary fighter pilot Air Commodore (Retd) M M Alam.

The K-8 Karakorum has become quite a succes after a somewhat slow start. It was co-developed with the Chinese who manufacture it.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Minhas
Kamra
Rwy: 12/30
Pos: 33°52'13"N 072°24'00"E
Elev: 1030 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
33 (Tactical) Wing

3(AEW)sq Saab 2000
Saab 2000AEW


14(MR)sq JF-17 Tail Choppers


16(MR)sq JF-17 Black Panthers


87(SAR)sq Alouette 3
Mi-171Sh


Station Flight PAF/MFI-17
PAF Base Minhas is named after Flight Officer Rashid Minhas Nishan - i - Haider who laid down his life on 20 August 1971 in a T-33 hijacked by his instructor intending to fly it to India.

Falcon 20s are used by two different squadrons. This J-753 is a 24sq Blinders example.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Mushaf (OPSR)
Rwy: 06/24, 14/32
Pos: 32°02'55"N 072°39'55"E
Elev: 614 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
38 (Multi-Role) Wing

9sq F-16A
F-16B
Griffins


11(OCU)sq F-16A
F-16B
Arrows


19(OCU)sq F-16A ADF
F-16B ADF
Warhawks / Sherdils


24(EW)sq Falcon 20 Blinders


82(SAR)sq Alouette 3
CCS

Combat Commanders School

Mirage sq Mirage 3EA
Mirage 5PA
Sky Bolts


F-7 sq F-7P


F-16 sq F-16A ADF


JF-17 sq JF-17 Fierce Dragons
38 (Multi-Role) Wing

Station Flight PAC/MFI-17
PAF Base Mushaf was named after Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir, Chief of the Air Staff, who was killed in an air crash on 20 February 2003.

The 38th Wing at Mushaf operates two squadrons with F-16A/B. Seen here is a 9sq Griffins F-16B...
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
... and this is a 11(OCU)sq Arrows F-16A
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Nur Khan (OPRN)
Islamabad Intl
Rwy: 12/30
Pos: 33°36'60"N 073°05'57"E
Elev: 1668 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
35 (Composite Air Transport) Wing

6sq C-130B
C-130E
L-100
Antelopes


10(MRTT)sq Il-78MP


12(VIP)sq F27
Falcon 20
A310-304
G-IV/G350
Globe Trotters


41(LC)sq PA-34
Y-12 II
Ce172
EMB500


TCS C-130 (on loan)
PAF Base Nur Khan was named after the second Pakistani Commander-in-Chief of PAF, Air Marshal (Retd) Nur Khan.

Pakistan has a wide variety of staff and VIP transports. Most look quite anonymous as can be seen with this Ce560XL J-754 of the VVIP flight. You can just make out the PAF-shield on the nose.
Photo:
Jan Gerrits
Visiting Amsterdam/Schiphol for the Nucelair Security Summit was G-450 J-756.
Photo:
Erik Sleutelberg
Peshawar (OPPS)
Rwy: 17/35
Pos: 33°59'36"N 071°30'52"E
Elev: 1180 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
36 (Tactical Attack) Wing

26sq JF-17 Black Spiders


81(SAR)sq Alouette 3 Kangaroos


HFS Alouette 3


Station Flight PAC/MFI-17
In 2013/2014 26sq was at Kamra (partially to facilitate further development of the JF-17 with PAC). Whether it will remain at Kamra is not certain. Another JF-17 squadron (the 3rd operating the type) might be added to Peshawar.

To fulfil the air refueling needs the Pakistan Air Force turned to Russia and ordered four Il-78MP aircraft. They have been in service since 2008 with 10(MRTT)sq at Islamabad.
Photo:
Rogier Westerhuis
Quetta/Intl (OPQT)
Rwy: 13/31, 13R/31L
Pos: 30°15'05"N 066°56'16"E
Elev: 5267 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
31 (Fighter) Wing

17sq F-7PG
FT-7PG
Tigers


23sq F-7PG
FT-7PG
Talons


85(SAR)sq Alouette 3


Station Flight PAC/MFI-17

Both the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Air Force are operating the Mil Mi-17, seen here is a Mi-171Sh, but with square windows.
Photo:
Stephan de Bruijn
Rafiqui (OPRQ)
Rwy: 15L/33R, 15R/33L
Pos: 30°45'29"N 072°16'57"E
Elev: 492 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
34 (Fighter) Wing

15sq Mirage 3DA
Mirage 3EA
Mirage 5DD
Mirage 5DR
Mirage 5PA
Cobras


20sq F-7PG
FT-7PG
Cheetahs / Eagles


25sq Mirage 5EF
Mirage 3DP
Mirage 5DD
(Night Strike) Eagles


27sq Mirage 5EF
Mirage 3DP
Zarrars


83(SAR)sq Alouette 3
PAF Base Rafiqui was named after Sqn Ldr Rafiqui, SJ, who laid down his life in action against IAF during 1965 war.

Pakistan is a regular customer for Chinese products. The F-7, a MiG-21 derivative, is operated by a number of squadrons and locally known as F-7P. Apart from the F-7P, Pakistan is also operating the F-7PG since 2002 and the FT-7 as shown here.
Photo:
Rogier Westerhuis
Risalpur (OPRS)
PAF Academy Asghar Khan
Rwy: 09L/27R, 09R,27L
Pos: 34°04'52"N 071°58'21"E
Elev: 1050 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Primary Flying Training Wing

1(PFT)sq PAC/MFI-17


2(PFT)sq PAC/MFI-17
Basic Flying Training Wing

1(BFT)sq T-37B
T-37C


2(BFT)sq T-37B
T-37C
Advanced Jet Training Wing

1(AJT)sq K-8
College of Flying Training

FIS T-37B


PAC College Scheibe SF-25 Falke


Sherdils K-8 Sherdils
38 (Multi-Role) Wing

6 Shaheen Training Corps Stemme S6
The Primary Flying Training Wing, Basic Flying Training Wing and, the Advanced Jet Training Wing, also belong to the College of Flying Training, PAF Academy.

Risalpur is the cradle from whence many fighter pilots came. The distinctive tweeting sound of the T-37 is very familiar to them.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Sharea Faisal (OPSF)
PNS Mehran (Karachi)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 24°52'29"N 067°07'04"E
Elev: 29 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
35 (Composite Air Transport) Wing

21sq C-130E
Saab 2000
Pegasus
PAF Base Faisal was named after Shaheed King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

Like many other countries in the world Pakistan is operating a fleet of C-130s. It is a mixture of former USAF, Iranian and Australian aircraft.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Luckily, we sometimes get to see the Herks in Europe.
Photo:
Stephan de Bruijn
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