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. So far the Pakistan Air Force acquired 100 aircraft of the type.
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 (Tactical) Wing

5(MR)sq F-16C-52

11(MR)sq F-16A MLU

88(CS)sq AW139
11sq has moved to 39 Wing Shahbaz AB, originating from 38 Wing Mushaf AB.

Seen on a pre-delivery testflight is AW139 17-004, one of a larger order placed for AW139 helicopters.
Marco Muntz
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
These are in use as instructional airframes; it is not a flying base.

Four CN235s are operated since 2004.
Stephan de Bruijn
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 (Tactical Attack) Wing

2(MR)sq JF-17 (Proud) Minhasians

4(EW)sq KE-03 Karakoram Eagles

7(TA)sq Mirage 3EA
Mirage 3DP

8(TA)sq Mirage 5PA2
Mirage 5PA3
Mirage 5DD

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

84(CS)sq AW139

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.
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
Sharp Shooters

20(OCU)sq F-7PG
Cheetahs / Eagles

Shooter(LIFT)sq F-7PG

86(SAR)sq Alouette 3 Ababeel

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

19(OCU)sq 'Sherdils' is in the process of being moved to new base PAF Bholari.
The new Shooter squadron is tasked with Lead-In Fighter Training whereas 18sq is the Operational Conversion Unit for F-7 pilots.

The K-8 Karakorum has become quite a succes after a somewhat slow start. It was co-developed with the Chinese who manufacture it.
Erwin van Dijkman

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(AS)sq JF-17 Tail Choppers

16(MR)sq JF-17 Black Panthers

87(SAR)sq Alouette 3

1(UAV)Flight Abad

Station Flight PAF/MFI-17
Ministry of Defence Production

Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra (PAC Kamra) JF-17 manufacture
MFI-395 manufacture
Mirage overhaul
F-7 overhaul
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.
The UAV's are usually forward deployed at various bases.

Falcon 20s are used by two different squadrons. This J-753 is a 24sq Blinders example.
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

9(MR)sq F-16A MLU

24(EW)sq Falcon 20 Blinders

82(CS)sq AW139 Stallions

6 Shaheen Training Corps Stemme S6T

Station Flight PAC/MFI-17
Combat Commanders School

Mirage sq Mirage 3EA
Mirage 5PA
Sky Bolts

F-7 sq F-7P Dashings

29 sq F-16A MLU Agressors

JF-17 sq JF-17 Fierce Dragons
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 Stemme S6T motorgliders live in the shelters near the threshold of runway 32R.
The F-16 flight is now named 29sq and is thought to receive its own F-16s rather than loan them from other squadrons.

The 38th Wing at Mushaf operates a squadron with F-16A/B MLU. Seen here is a 9sq Griffins F-16B MLU.
Erwin van Dijkman
And 11sq Arrows moved to Shahbaz AB with their MLU F-16s.
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

6(ATS)sq CN235M-220

10(MRTT)sq Il-78MP Buffaloes

12(VIP)sq F27
Falcon 20
Globe Trotters

41(VLC)sq PA-34
Y-12 II

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.
Jan Gerrits
Visiting Amsterdam/Schiphol for the Nuclear Security Summit was G-450 J-756.
Erik Sleutelberg
PAF Bholari

Rwy: rwy 04/22
Pos: 25°14'37"N 068°02'07"E
Elev: 198 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
41 (Tactical) Wing

19(OCU)sq F-16A ADF
19sq moved in and allegedly some units from Masroor will move here too.

With well over 300 produced and current export orders under construction, the Mushshak family can be considered a huge succes.
Piet Luijken
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

17(AS)sq F-7PG

26(MR)sq JF-17 Black Spiders

81(SAR)sq Alouette 3 Kangaroos

HFS Alouette 3

Station Flight PAC/MFI-17
17sq was at Quetta-Samungli under 31 Wing but moved to Peshawar to make room for a new JF-17 squadron to be based at Quetta-Samungli in 2018.

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.
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 (Air Superiority) Wing

23(AS)sq F-7PG

28(MR)sq 28sq formed with JF-17 in 2018 Phoenix

85(SAR)sq Alouette 3

Station Flight PAC/MFI-17
The next JF-17 squadron will be inducted at Quetta-Samungli and to make room, 17sq moved to Peshawar.

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.
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 (Tactical Attack) Wing

15(TA)sq Mirage 3DA
Mirage 3EA
Mirage 5DD
Mirage 5DR
Mirage 5PA

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

27(TA)sq Mirage 5EF
Mirage 3DP

83(SAR)sq Alouette 3 Kites
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.
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

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

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

Flying Instructors School

PAC College Scheibe SF-25 Falke

PAF Formation Aerobatics Team - Sherdils K-8 Sherdils
38 (Multi-Role) Wing

6 Shaheen Training Corps Stemme S6T
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.
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
40 (Air Mobility) Wing

21(ATS)sq C-130E
Saab 2000
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.
Erwin van Dijkman
Luckily, we sometimes get to see the Herks in Europe.
Stephan de Bruijn
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