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Air Force Station Agra, also known as Agra Airport or Kheria Airport , is a military airbase and public airport serving the city of Agramarker, in the state of Uttar Pradeshmarker, Indiamarker. The air force station is one of the largest airbases of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and has been synonymous with the Taj Mahalmarker for over half a century. On 15 August 2007, the airbase celebrated its sixtieth anniversary.

History

Air Force Station Agra was established on 15 August 1947 and placed under the command of Wing Commander Shivdev Singh, who was the incumbent commander of the No. 12 Sqn. Based on the then present system of Commands, the base fell under the responsibility of the Western Air Command (WAC). The base remained under this Theatre Command for the next two decades. In July 1971 it was transferred to the Central Air Command (CAC), where it remains today.

The base has remained unchanged, although many of the aircraft, squadrons, officers, and men have come and gone. During it’s sixty year history with the IAF, the base has seen the likes of C-47 Dakotas, C-119 Packets, HS 748 'Avros', AN-12s, AN-32s, IL-76s, Canberras, [[IL-78 Midas]and now the AWACS. Today, it is hard to find a transport pilot who has not been at Air Force Station Agra at least sometime during his career; this trend will undoubtedly continue well into the future.

The base now has the honor of holding the first inflight refueling aircraft Squadron in IAF service, the 78 ‘Mid Air Refuelling Squadron’(MARS) Squadron flying the IL-78MKIs. This is indeed an honor considering that it’s also a first for the whole of the Indian Sub-Continent region.

During World War II, the United States Army Air Force Air Technical Service Command established a major maintenance and supply facility at Agra, being named "Agra Air Depot". The 3d Air Depot Group serviced a wide variety of fighter, bomber and transport aircraft being used by Tenth Air Force and the Allied ground forces in Burmamarker and Fourteenth Air Force in Chinamarker. The depot stockpiled large amounts of materiel for shipment over the Himalayan Mountainsmarker ("The Hump") by Air Transport Command cargo aircraft flying to forward airfields in China. It also was a major stopover point on the ATC Karachimarker-Kunmingmarker air transport route.

Airlines and destinations

Developments

The 50 Squadron has been tasked with the operations of the newly inducted AWACS. The AWACS has been mounted on a specially designed IL-76 with advanced avionics & telecommunication system.

References

  1. USAFHRA Document Search Agra Air Depot


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