The JF-17 Thunder is developed by PAC (Pakistan Aeronautical Complex) CAC (Chengdu Aircraft Corporation) from China. So far the Pakistan Air Force contracted 135 aircraft of the type. The next generation Block III will see another 50 delivered over the coming years.

Rogier Westerhuis

The mighty F-16C Block 52 blasts off at Antolian Eagle in Turkey.

Dino van Doorn

Begum Nusrat Bhutto/PAF Sukkur (OPSK)

RWY 14/32     POS 27°43'19"N 068°47'31"E     ELEV 196 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge / markings
PAF Sukkur

no permanently based aircraft
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 / markings
39 (Tactical) Wing
5(MR)sq
No.5 Multi-Role squadron
F-16C-52
F-16D-52
Falcons

11(MR)sq
No.11 Multi-Role squadron
F-16A MLU
F-16B MLU
Arrows

88(CS)sq
AHTS

No.88 Combat Support squadron
Advanced Helicopter Training School
AW139 Rams
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 / markings
PAF Korangi Creek
PTTS
Pre-trade Training School
F-6
F-7
Mirage
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 / markings
32 (Tactical Attack) Wing
2(MR)sq
No.2 Multi-Role squadron
JF-17 (Block II) (Proud) Minhasians

4(EW)sq
No.4 Electronic Warfare squadron
KE-03 Karakoram Eagles

7(TA)sq
No.7 Tactical Attack squadron
Mirage 3EA
Mirage 3DP
Bandits

8(MR)sq
No.8 Multi-Role squadron
JF-17 (Block III) Haiders

22(OCU)sq
No.22 Operational Conversion Unit squadron
Mirage 3DP
Mirage 5EF
Mirage 3EL
Mirage 3BE
Mirage 3BL
Ghazis

84(CS)sq
No.84 Combat Support squadron
AW139
Mi-171Sh
Dolphins

Masroor SF
Masroor Station Flight
MFI-395
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 / markings
37 (Combat Traning) Wing
1(FCU)sq
No.1 Fighter Conversion Unit squadron
K-8P Rahbers

20(OCU)sq
No.20 Operational Conversion Unit squadron
F-7PG
FT-7PG
Cheetahs / Eagles

Shooter(LIFT)sq
Shooter Lead-In Fighter Training squadron
F-7P
FT-7P
Shooters

63(UAV)sq
No.63 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadron
Wing Loong II Harriers

86(SAR)sq
No.86 Search and Rescue squadron
Alouette 3 Ababeel

Mianwali SF
Mianwali Station Flight
MFI-395
PAF Base M.M. Alam was named after legendary fighter pilot Air Commodore (Retd) M M Alam.
The new Shooter squadron is tasked with Lead-In Fighter Training whereas 20sq is now 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

Minhas (--)
Kamra

RWY 12/30     POS 33°52'13"N 072°24'00"E     ELEV 1030 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge / markings
33 (Tactical) Wing
3(AEW)sq
No.3 Airborne Early Warning Squadron
Saab 2000
Saab 2000AEW
Angels

15(MR)sq
No.15 Multi-Role squadron
J-10C Venomous Cobras

16(MR)sq
No.16 Multi-Role squadron
JF-17
JF-17 (Block I, Block II)
JF-17 (Block III)
JF-17B
Black Panthers

62(UAV)sq
No.62 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadron
Shahpar II

87(SAR)sq
No.87 Search and Rescue squadron
Alouette 3
Mi-171Sh
Dragonflies

1(UAV)Flight
No.1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flight
Abad
Burraq
Shahpar

Minhas SF
Minhas Station Flight
MFI-395
Ministry of Defence Production
PAC Kamra
Pakistan Aeronautical Complex 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.
15sq is the first J-10 unit, with the Mirages transferring to newly erected 50sq.
The UAVs are now operated by their own squadrons and it is unknown if the UAV flight still exsists.

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 / markings
38 (Multi-Role) Wing
9(MR)sq
No.9 Multi-Role squadron
F-16A MLU
F-16B MLU
Griffins

24(EW)sq
No.24 Electronic Warfare squadron
Falcon 20 Blinders

61(UAV)sq
No.61 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadron
Falco

82(CS)sq
No.82 Combat Support squadron
AW139 Stallions

SATC
No.6 Wing of Shaheen Air Training Corps
Stemme S6T

Mushaf SF
Mushaf Station Flight
MFI-395
Airpower Center of Excellence
(ACE)

CCS, Mirage sq
Combat Commanders School, Mirage squadron
Mirage 3EA
Mirage 5PA
Sky Bolts

CCS, JF-17 sq
Combat Commanders School, JF-17 squadron
JF-17 (Block I) Fierce Dragons

CCS, 23sq
Combat Commanders School, No.23 squadron
F-7PG
FT-7PG
Talons

CCS, 29sq
Combat Commanders School, 29 squadron
F-16A MLU
F-16B MLU
Agressors
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 / markings
35 (Composite Air Transport) Wing
6(ATS)sq
No.6 Air Transport squadron
C-130B
C-130E
L-100
Antelopes

10(MRTT)sq
No.10 Multi-Role Tanker Transport squadron
Il-78MP Buffaloes

12(VIP)sq
No.12 Very Important Person Transport squadron
A319
Beech 350i
Ce680A
Falcon 20
Global 5000
G-IV/G450
Globe Trotters

41(VLC)sq
No.41 Very Important Person Light Communication Transport squadron
Ce172
EMB500
PA-34
PA-46
Y-12 II

52(ATS)sq
No.52 Air Transport squadron
CN235M-220 Markhors

TCS
Transport Conversion School
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 G450 J-756.

Erik Sleutelberg

PAF Bholari (--)

RWY 04/22     POS 25°14'37"N 068°02'07"E     ELEV 198 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge / markings
41 (Tactical) Wing
18(OCU)sq
No.18 Operational Conversion Unit squadron
JF-17B Sharp Shooters

19(OCU)sq
No.19 Operational Conversion Unit squadron
F-16A ADF
F-16B ADF
Sherdils

53(AEW)sq
No.53 Airborne Early Warning Squadron
Saab 2000AEW Hawks
18(OCU)sq has replaced its F-7/FT-7P aircraft with two seat Thunders.

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

Piet Luijken

PAF Murid (--)

RWY 14/32, HEL     POS 32°54'34"N 072°46'32"E     ELEV 1743 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge / markings
PAF Murid
64(UAV)sq
No.64 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadron
Bayraktar TB2S

65(UAV)sq
No.65 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadron
Bayraktar Akıncı Knights
Peshawar (OPPS)

RWY 17/35     POS 33°59'36"N 071°30'52"E     ELEV 1180 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge / markings
36 (Tactical Attack) Wing
17(AS)sq
No.17 Air Superiority squadron
F-7PG
FT-7PG
Tigers

26(MR)sq
No.26 Multi-Role squadron
JF-17 (Block I, Block II) Black Spiders

81(SAR)sq
No.81 Search and Rescue squadron
Alouette 3 Kangaroos

HFS
Helicopter Flying Training School
Alouette 3

Peshawar SF
Peshawar Station Flight
MFI-395
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.

Jim Walg

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 / markings
31 (Air Superiority) Wing
28(MR)sq
No.28 Multi-Role squadron
JF-17 (Block I, Block II) Phoenix

85(SAR)sq
No.85 Search and Rescue squadron
Alouette 3 Saviours

Quetta SF
Quetta Station Flight
MFI-395

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 / markings
34 (Tactical Attack) Wing
14(AS)sq
No.14 Air Superiority squadron
JF-17 (Block II) Tail Choppers

25(TA)sq
No.25 Tactical Attack squadron
Mirage 5EF
Mirage 3DP
Mirage 5DD
(Night Strike) Eagles

27(TA)sq
No.27 Tactical Attack squadron
Mirage 5EF
Mirage 3DP
Zarrars

50(TA)sq
No.50 Tactical Attack squadron
Mirage 3DA
Mirage 3EA
Mirage 5DD
Mirage 5DR
Mirage 5PA
Safshikan

83(SAR)sq
No.83 Search and Rescue squadron
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

This flightline shot shows some of the 12 single seat and 6 dual seat Block 52 F-16s of PAF. Normally found at Jacobabad, but seen here at Konya.

Ian French

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 / markings
Primary Flying Training Wing
1(PFT)sq
No.1 Primary Flying Training squadron
MFI-395

2(PFT)sq
No.2 Primary Flying Training squadron
MFI-395
Basic Flying Training Wing
1(BFT)sq
No.1 Basic Flying Training squadron
T-37B
T-37C

2(BFT)sq
No.2 Basic Flying Training squadron
T-37B
T-37C
Advanced Jet Training Wing
1(AJT)sq
No.1 Advanced Jet Training squadron
K-8
College of Flying Training
FIS
Flying Instructors School
T-37B

PAF college
PAF College of Flying Training
Scheibe SF-25 Falke

Sherdils
PAF Formation Aerobatics Team
K-8 Sherdils
38 (Multi-Role) Wing
SATC
No.6 Wing of Shaheen Air 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 / markings
40 (Air Mobility) Wing
21(ATS)sq
No.21 Air Transport squadron
C-130E
Saab 2000
Burraqs

89(SAR)sq
No.89 Search and Rescue squadron
Mi-171Sh
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

Skardu/PAF Qadri (OPSD)

RWY 14/32, 15/33     POS 35°20'05"N 075°32'15"E     ELEV 7600 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge / markings
PAF Qadri

Permanent deployments
PAF Qadri was upgraded from FOB to MOB in 2021. Units keep a permanent detachment here on rotational basis.

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