MiG Operational Flying Training Unit

Motto : Sarve yudhhavisharda (All Skilled in Warfare)
Date Raised : 1986-12-15 Disbanded : 2003-06-22 Location : Tezpur
Mig Operational Flying Training Unit (MOFTU) was formed on 15 Dec 86 at Tezpur to impart Stage III (operational) training on MiG-21 aircraft. This was the largest fighter-flying establishment of IAF. Earlier, this task was carried out by three squadrons based at Tezpur, namely 8 Sqn, 28 Sqn and 30 Sqn AF. The need for one central Units for conducting conversion and operational training was felt for quite sometime and was reinforced by the La fontaine Committee report. Conversion of 28 Sqn and 47 Sqn to MiG-29s paved the way for formation of MOFTU with the assets released from these two Units. Given its size, it operated two flights - A and B since 6 August 1987. MOFTU was bifurcated into MOFTU A and MOFTU B in June 2003.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
15 Dec 86 to 19 Feb 87Squadron Leader Nellickal Cherian Thomas12771 GD(P)COTezpur
20 Feb 87 to 20 Nov 88Group Captain Padmanabha Prabhakaran8379 GD(P)COTezpur
21 Nov 88 to 31 Jul 90Group Captain Kalathil Payan Sreekanth10508 GD(P)COTezpur
13 Aug 90 to 08 Oct 92Group Captain Parvez Hamilton Khokhar11860 GD(P)COTezpur
09 Nov 92 to 10 Apr 95Group Captain Arun Gurunandan Katre11852 GD(P)COTezpur
19 Jun 95 to 30 Sep 98Group Captain Nirdosh Vatsyayan Tyagi12765 GD(P)COTezpur
01 Oct 98 to 31 Jul 00Group Captain Tejender Pal Singh Gill13767 F(P)COTezpur
Unknown to Group Captain Ramesh Goyal14567 F(P)COTezpur
Unknown to 22 Jun 03Group Captain Chetan Bali15708 F(P)COTezpur

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