Tezpur Airport

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Tezpur Airport

Tezpur Air Force Station
Summary
Airport typeCivil Enclave
OwnerAirports Authority of India
OperatorIndian Air Force
LocationTezpur, Assam
Elevation AMSL240 ft / 73 m
Coordinates26°42′44″N 092°47′14″E / 26.71222°N 92.78722°E / 26.71222; 92.78722Coordinates: 26°42′44″N 092°47′14″E / 26.71222°N 92.78722°E / 26.71222; 92.78722
Map
Tezpur Airport is located in Assam
Tezpur Airport
Tezpur Airport
Location of Tezpur Airport, India
Tezpur Airport is located in India
Tezpur Airport
Tezpur Airport
Tezpur Airport (India)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 9,010 2,746 Asphalt

Tezpur Airport (IATA: TEZ, ICAO: VETZ) is located in Tezpur in the state of Assam, India. It is also known as Salonibari Airport based on the village/township of Salonibari where it is located.[1]

The airport covers an area of 22 acres (with AAI). The apron can accommodate 1 Airbus A320 and 2 ATR type aircraft at a time.

History[edit]

During World War II, the Royal Indian Air Force built the runway at Tezpur in 1942. It was used by the United States Army Air Forces Tenth Air Force as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber base by the 7th Bombardment Group. After the war, it was converted into an air force base in 1959. The strategic location of the base has contributed to its importance. A variety of aircraft have operated from this location including de Havilland Vampire, Dassault Ouragan and MiG-21.[2]

Indian Air Force's No. 2 Squadron "Winged Arrows" and No. 106 Squadron "Lynx" operate Sukhoi Su-30MKI from here.[3][4][5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Alliance Air Guwahati, Kolkata

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ "Salonibari Airport". world-airport-codes.com. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  2. ^ "India to station 'Sukhoi-30 aircraft' at Tezpur airbase". The Economic Times. 9 June 2009.
  3. ^ "India Ordered, Modernized, Perhaps Regrets Su-30MKIs". defenseindustrydaily.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  4. ^ "IAF chief Dhanoa flies Mig-21 solo: A list of others in fighter planes". The Indian Express. 13 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Wreckage of missing Sukhoi-30 jet fighter found in Assam". The Economic Times. Press Trust of India. 26 May 2017.

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