The Iraqi Air Force ordered 36 F-16C/D Block 52 advanced front line fighter aircraft. Some remained in use by the USAF 152nd FS/162nd FW at Tucson (AZ) for training purposes. This example is flying through the famous Death Valley canyon called Jedi Transition during a training sortie in March 2018.

Peter Steehouwer/Airshow Action

Al Asad (ORAA)


RWY 08/26 (dirt), 09L/27R, 09R/27L     POS 33°47'08"N 042°26'28"E     ELEV 618 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Fighter Wing
109th Attack Sq Det. Su-25K
Su-25UBK
Iraqi Su-25 Flight
Al Asad is mainly used by U.S. forces but it also holds a small detachment of 109th squadron.
Al Shaibah (--)


RWY 14/32     POS 30°25'33"N 047°38'36"E     ELEV 58 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Iraqi Air Force College / Flying Training Wing
204th Training sq T-50IQ (24) Golden Eagle
Reportedly, 4th Training Squadron was renamed 204sq in March 2011. Is this correct? Use the Send Updates section below to help us out!

Initially it was bound to be stationed at Tikrit Al Sahra but in late 2017 the T-50s were delivered to Basrah/Al Shaibah.
As Suwayrah AB (--)
Essawira (Essaouira), Al Swenia

RWY 12L/30R, 12R/30L     POS 32°56'17"N 044°37'58"E     ELEV 99 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Iraqi Air Force College / Flying Training Wing
204th Training sq T-50IQ (24)
Over the course of the last few years, As Suwayrah/Essawira/Al Swenia/Shayka Mazhar Air Base has been prepared to receive the KAI T-50IQ trainers.
Baghdad/Al Muthanna (ORBW)
Mohammed Alaa AB

RWY 15L/33R, 15R/33L     POS 33°15'45"N 044°14'04"E     ELEV 114 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Transport Wing
23rd Transport/Utility sq C-130E (3)
C-130J-30 (6)

33rd Transport/Utility sq An-32B (6)
Reconnaissance Wing
62nd Utility sq/Reconnaissance sq U-28A (6)
Transport Wing
87th Reconnaissance sq Beech 350 Super King Air In God we trust, all others we monitor
The U-28s are detached at Kirkuk and Basrah.
87sq is also designated as the "87th Composite Squadron".

On 5 November 2015, the first two L-159A arrived at Balad from Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic. In total ten L-159A single seaters and two L-159T1 trainers were ordered under a deal that was approved by the Czech government in March 2015.

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Baghdad/Al Rasheed AB (--)
Al Salem AB (Baghdad Military; Al Rashid)

RWY 15/33     POS 33°16'44"N 044°29'39"E     ELEV 104 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Fighter Wing
109th Attack Sq Su-25K
Su-25UBK
Iraqi Su-25 Flight
109th squadron is also located at Al Asad, it is dispersed across two air bases. Maintenance is done here, at Al Rasheed.

From 29 June 2014, Iraq received ten ex-Russian AF Su-25 Ground Attack jets to counter the ISIL insurgency. A number of former Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Air Force (IRGCAF) Su-25s were re-delivered to the Iraqi Air Force. Some former Belarussian Air Force Frogfoots were also delivered in the 2018/2019 timeframe.

The ex-Russian, Belarussian and Iranian Air Force Su-25s are operating from Al-Asad and Baghdad al-Rasheed Air Force Bases. Since early 2019 they started sporting the original Iraqi Air Force roundel again.

Internet photo

Balad (ORBD)
Martyr Brig.Gen. Ali Falih Al-Jawiya AB

RWY 12/30, 14/32     POS 33°56'25"N 044°21'42"E     ELEV 161 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Reconnaissance Wing
3rd Assault/Reconnaissance sq Ce208B-ISR (3, RC-208)
Ce208B-ISR (2, AC-208)
Bravo (was Nimmers)
Fighter Wing
9th Fighter Squadron F-16C-52 (14)
F-16D-52 (4)
Black Panthers

11th Fighter Squadron F-16C-52 (14)
F-16D-52 (4)
Cobras

109th Attack Sq Det. Su-25K
Su-25UBK

115 Training/Attack sq L-159A (10)
L-159T1 (2)
Iraqi Air Force College / Flying Training Wing
202nd Training sq Ce172S (12)
Ce208B (3, TC-208)
Ce208B (2, AC-208)

203rd Training sq T-6A (15)
3sq operates Hellfire armed Cessna 208B Caravan aircraft, locally designated AC208 Caravan which are also Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capable.

3rd Sq moved from Kirkuk to Balad in ~2011

The Comp Air 7SLX, operated by 3sq, was withdrawn from use in late 2007.
The first batch of four F-16s were delivered on 13 July 2015.
A regular detachment of 109 Sq can be found here.
The first two L-15A aircraft were delivered on 5 November 2015. The patch of 115 sq depicted here is not the official one.
The AF College moved to Balad from Tikrit in 2014. Tikrit is also known as Combat Operating Base (COB) Speicher.

Reportedly, 1st Training Squadron was renamed 202sq in March 2011. Was this 201sq at some point?

Reportedly, 3rd Training Squadron was renamed 203sq. When did this take place? Please use the Send Updates below to help us out! The unit moved from Talil/Imam Ali Base to Balad, when is unknown.

An Iraqi F-16 climbs out to commence a nocturnal mission.

Stephan de Bruijn

Nasiriyah (ORTL)
Tallil/Imam Ali AB

RWY 12L/30R, 12R/30L     POS 30°56'09"N 046°05'25"E     ELEV 20 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Reconnaissance Wing
70th Reconnaissance sq SAMA CH2000
SB7L-360 (wfu?)
Iraqi Air Force College / Flying Training Wing
201st Training sq LASTA 95N (20)
70sq moved from Basrah to Talil/Imam Ali in October 2010.
Reportedly, 2nd Training Squadron was renamed 201sq in March 2011. Was this 202sq at some point?

The first two Hawker Beechcraft T-6A Texan IIs for the Iraqi Air Force departed Wichita on their delivery flight on 1 December 2009, transiting from Beech Field (KBEC) via Des Moines, IA (KDSM) to Toronto Pearson International Airport (CYYZ), Toronto, ON, Canada, onwards to Ostend in Belgium. They were numbered YI-501 (c/n PT-496) and, YI-502 (c/n PT-497). Iraqi Air Force titles were covered over for the delivery flight, and National Insignia will be applied after delivery. They were flown by Hawker Beechcraft test pilots, using their callsigns as flight numbers, HBK122 and HBK178.

Andrew. H. Cline

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