Indian Air Force Flying Unit Database

No.2 Squadron
Winged Arrows
No.7 Squadron
Battle Axes
No.8 Squadron
Eight Pursoots
No.10 Squadron
Winged Daggers
No.11 Squadron
Charging Rhinos
No.15 Squadron
Flying Lances
No.16 Squadron
Black Cobras
No.17 Squadron
Golden Arrows
No.18 Squadron
Flying Bullets
No.25 Squadron
Himalayan Eagles
No.27 Squadron
Flaming Arrows
No.28 Squadron
First Supersonics
No.32 Squadron
Thunderbirds
No.33 Squadron
Himalayan Geese
No.37 Squadron
Black Panthers
No.44 Squadron
Mighty Jets
No.45 Squadron
Flying Daggers
No.47 Squadron
Black Archers
No.49 Squadron
Paraspears
No.51 Squadron
Sword Arms
Date Raised : 1955-11-01 Disbanded : 1963-01-08 Location : New Delhi
Originally given the HT-2 and Harvard, they had Vampure FB Mk52 introduced in 1959. In 1962 the flight moved from Palam to Pune. Subsequently it got absorbed into 220 sqn as the new IAF sqn.... Read More
Date Raised : 1956-04-01 Location : Madras
Location : Allahabad
Location : Calcutta
Location : Bhubaneshwar
Location : Chandigarh
No.77 Squadron
Veiled Vipers
No.78 Squadron
Valorous MARS
Date Raised : 2016-05-06
Date Raised : 1951-12-01 Disbanded : 1959-12-10 Location : Agra
102 Survey Flight which formed at Barrackpore circa 1951. In 1959 it moved to Agra and amalgamated with 106 SR Unit to form 106 SR Squadron. 102 Survey Flt became A Flight and 106 SRU became B Flight..... Read More
Date Raised : 1959-11-23
15 Helicopter Unit is the second oldest Helicopter Unit of the Indian Air Force. The unit formed at Jorhat on 23 November 1959, was equipped with Mi-4 helicopters and moved to Air Force Station Gorakhpur on 3 August 1987. Besides, communication, Logistics and reconnaissance unit also carries out SHBO and VIP task..... Read More
Date Raised : 1960-01-01 Location : Jodhpur
The unit was raised in January 1960 at Srinagar. It was initially established for S-62 and Bell 47 G-3 helicopters. In November 1961 when MI-4 helicopters were inducted into the IAF, this was the first unit received the present fleet of MI-8s on 1 February 1981..... Read More
Date Raised : 1963-08-10
The unit was raised at Tezpur with MI-4 helicopters on 10 Aug 1963. 110 HU moved in to the station from Tezpur on 08 Sep 69..... Read More
Date Raised : 1963-08-01
The unit of Snow Tigers was on 01 Aug 63, under the Command of Sqn Ldr BS Kalra. The unit was located at Tezpur with MI-4 aircraft, with its main role being casuality evac and tpt support. During this period the unit also had a detachment of two ac for his highness of the King of Nepal. On 03 Feb 1964 the unit was fully operational..... Read More
No.114 Helicopter Unit
Siachen Pioneers
No.115 Helicopter Unit
Hovering Angels
Date Raised : 1967-04-01 Location : Tezpur
No. 115 Helicopter Unit was formed at Chandigarh on 01 Apr 1967 under the command of Sqn Ldr C Rama Rao (4711) F (P) and was equipped with MI-4 helicopters. The unit was earmarked for operations in Rajasthan sector with its location at then Air Force Flying College, Jodhpur. moved to its present location, 11 Wing, AF on 08 Sept 68. By Dec 67, the Unit had received its full complement of aircraft, aircrew and ground personal. The Unit then moved to its new location at AFFC, Jodhpur on 16 Jan 68 and was declared fully operational..... Read More
Date Raised : 1967-07-27 Location : Jodhpur
116 Helicopter Unit was formed in Sarsawa in August 1967 with Mi-4 Helicopters. Later, the Unit has operated Chetak and recently, the Dhruv helicopter . This was also one of the first helicopter units to be equipped with Anti Tank Guided Missiles, thus assuming the name of ‘Tankbusters’ that the unit bears proudly till date..... Read More
No.117 Helicopter Unit
Himalayan Dragons
Date Raised : 1971-02-01
Date Raised : 1971-11-22
The unit crest of 118 HU, AF "THE CHALLENGER" consists of three rotor blades superimposed over the mountain on top depicting snow clad mighty Himalayas and water on the bottom depicting the Brahamaputra river in all its glory. The scenario depicts the area of operations of 118 HU since inception (apart from the basic of VVIP/VIP, the unit also carries out Causality Evaluation as and when need arises). The unit has been operating into the far reaches of Himalayas doing Air Logistics in aid of the state government of Arunanchal Pradesh as well as the Indian Army deployed along the IB with neighboring China. Helicopters of the unit has been tasked with flood relief operation for the entire north east and has also undertaken extensive flood relief operations in the other parts of the country and the adjoining country of Bhu.... Read More
Date Raised : 1971-12-01 Location : Nal
Ad-hoc Squadron of Mysteres operating during the 1971 War and operating from Nal. Pilots were Johri, Naqvi, Pethia and four others.... Read More
Date Raised : 1971-08-01 Disbanded : 1972-03-01 Location : Halwara/ Srinagar
Ad-hoc Squadron of nice Vampires from C&R School, AEB, ATW and FTW to Srinagar, 6 others to Chandigarh and halwara during the 1971 War and operating from Nal. .... Read More
Location : Jaisalmer
Ad-hoc Squadron of Hunters from OTU during the 1971 War and operating from Jaisalmer.... Read More
Date Raised : 1971-12-01 Location : Sirsa
Ad-hoc Squadron of four Harvards from AFFC and FIS during the 1971 War. Operated from Sirsa till 6th December 1971 and thereafter at Rajouri ALG. It is also believed (unconfirmed) that there was a unit called 123 Harvard Flight meant for operations in Nagaland with use of machine gun ,F24 aerial camera for Recce to be raised at Tezpur in 1962. .... Read More
Date Raised : 1981-09-26
The unit was formed on 26 September 1981 at Kalaikunda. The unit was allotted Mi-8 Helicopters in January 1982. The main task of this unit was to carry out search and rescue operations and VIP/VVIP commitments. The unit moved from Kalaikunda to its present location Car Nicobar.No official crest has been allotted to the unit. However the unofficial unit mascot is " The Dolphin". This helpful sea creature belonging to the class Mammillae is quite abundant in the Bay of Bengal adjourning the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands. The unit motto is " AAPATSU MITRAM " meaning a friend in time of trouble as symbolised by the ever helpful Dolphin..... Read More
Date Raised : 1985-06-10
127 HU was raised on 10 Jun 1985 at AF Station Hindan under the command of Wg Cdr FH Major. It was the first unit to be equipped with the latest Mi-17 helicopters and accepted the challenging task of providing communication and logistics support to the outposts in the snow capped Himalayas..... Read More
No.131 FAC Flight
Airborne Pointers
Date Raised : 1974-08-02 Location : Hindon
131 FAC Flight, one of the firsts of its kind, in terms of role, was established in 1974 at Pathankot. The first Commanding Officer was then Sqn Ldr MS Sekhon Vr C, SC, VM. The unit was established on the Bell-47G-3 and moved to udhampur in Sep 75. The first SAR mission flown by the unit was on 5 jan 75 on Z1085. The unit crest depicting a frontal view of a Cheetah has the unit's name that of Air Borne Pointers inscribed in a semi-circle. The Unit's motto that of 'Savage and Powerful' is related to the unit's all important role that of a FAC. By its accurate guidance to fighter aircraft on to the tgt, it assists in the destruction of enemy's Vas and VPs..... Read More
No.132 FAC Flight
Hovering Hawks
Date Raised : 1986-02-24
132 Forward Area Control Flight was formed at Udhampur on 24 Feb 1986. The Flight was raised as a result of the overall plan to provide airborne FAC support to the fighter aircraft of the IAF in J&K sector. In Oct 97, 135 FAC Fit was merged with this Flight. Though the nomenclature of Flight is retained, it is a virtual unit with an establishment of 08 Cheetah and 02 Chetak helicopters and 22 pilots. The Flight's Area Of Responsibility includes the entire J&K sector, northern Punjab and western Himachal Pradesh..... Read More
Date Raised : 1986-03-01 Location : Jaisalmer
Raised in March 1986 at 41 Wing AF, Jaisalmer. The unit had no aircraft till June. In July four Cheetah helicopters were ferried from Sulur to Jaisalmer, in the thick of monsoons. It took almost 10 days to reach Jaisalmer. Later two more Cheetahs joined the unit making it a total 6 helicopters. The Op Role was AirBorne FAC duties. The unit flew a number of sorties in conjunction with fighters from Jodhpur. Also fighters of visiting squadrons. The unit was also tasked with SAR, Cas Evac and other tasks from time to time. Initial officers to join the unit were S/L O Ramprasad, Sqn Ldr Pritpal Singh, Fg. Offr VS Bharti, Fg.Offr M.Singh, Fg.Offr R.Sharma, Fg.Offr R. Isser and Flt Lt. OP Bharati ( Engg Offr). In May 1986 Wg. Cgr. G.S.Kahlon was posted as the first commanding officer..... Read More
W/C Siganporia was first CO.... Read More
Disbanded : 1997-10-01
Merged into 132 FAC Flt in Oct 1997.... Read More
Date Raised : 2019-10-21
Raised on the Apaches.... Read More
Date Raised : 1975-01-01
No.142 SSS Flight
Flying Amphibs
Date Raised : 1974-08-01 Location : Jamnagar
142 SSS Flt, AF was formed at Jamnagar on 01 Aug 1074 with MI-4 helicopter. The flight was entrusted with the task to support forward airbase, visual observation posts and Air Land /Air Sea rescue. The basic war time role of the flight is helicopter support in general or as required basis and other special tasks as and when ordered. The flight converted onto Chetak helicopter on 01 Sep 1981 and the unit moved to Kalaikunda on 07 May 1982. The unit again moved to Bagdogra on 06 Dec 1982..... Read More
Date Raised : 2003-01-01
151 HU was formed in 2003 as the ALH Evaluation Flight to evaluate the ALH. The flight was re-designated as 151 HU and tasked to create the first helicopter display team in the IAF. The Unit is named Sarang which in Sanskrit means Peakcock..... Read More
Date Raised : 1988-09-14
Date Raised : 1988-11-01
No 153 Helicopter Unit was raised at Air Force Station, Udhampur on 01 November 1988. Initially equipped with the Mi-17 helicopter, the Unit upgraded to the Mi-171V in February 2001 and then on to the Mi-17V5 in January 2014. In the period since its inception, 153 HU has actively participated in Operations Meghdoot, Pawan, Rakshak, Blizzard, Baruab, Sarpvinash, Rahat, to name a few. The Unit also took part in Operation Safed Sagar, flying extensively over the forbidding heights of Kargil and Dras. In recognition of its services, 153 HU was awarded the Chief of the Air Staff’s Citation in the year 2007 – one of the first Indian Air Force Units to be so awarded. The name and crest of the Daring Dragons draw inspiration from the mythical Ladakhi dragon since Ladakh is the main area of operations of the Unit..... Read More
Location : Srinagar
No.156 Helicopter Unit
Armoured Kestrels
Date Raised : 2012-01-23
Date Raised : 2012-04-09 Location : Barrackpore
Date Raised : 1976-01-13 Disbanded : 1978-08-04 Location : Hindon
Location : Bhatinda
First AEW&C Squadron. Christened the 'Netra', the Airborne Surveillance System is seen to be a game-changer in air warfare. The Netra is designed to control the battle space by detecting enemy aircraft more than 300 kilometres away. Its using the Embraer 145 jets.... Read More
No.220 Squadron
Desert Tigers
No.222 Squadron
Tigersharks
Date Raised : 1983-08-11 Location : Gorakhpur
Air Defence Flight was raised at BKT with the primary role of Practice Interception training to Fighter Controllers of the Air Defence College at Memaura. Initially it was equipt with the MiG-21 T-77. it moved to Bareilly in 1992, changed to T-96 in 1996 and merged with the 102 Sqn in 1998. After 102 Sqn was numberplated, ADF continued to operate at KBT till June 2006. The unit has been resurrected on the Kiran MK-II at Gorakhpur in Sep 2015.... Read More
Date Raised : 1964-06-11 Location : Nagpur
HQ Maintenance Command Communication Flight (MCCF) was formed as a section of SAASO branch of HQ MC, IAF on 11 Jun 64 at Kanpur with AVRO, Devon and Dakota aircrafts. The unit shifted to Nagpur in 1969. The status of an independent unit was granted on 24 Aug 84. The main role of the unit is communication of AOC-in-C and PSOs of HQ MC, IAF. The unit has been called upon to fly in aid to civil power in the event of natural calamities. The unit flew extensively in Op Vijay and Op Parakaram towards mobilisation of manpower and equipment. The unit took active part in the post-tsunami operations in Jan 2005 by assisting the Govt of Maldives with a one-aircraft detachment. Besides its original, the Dakotas and the Devons, the unit has also operated Dornier-228 aircraft. These aircraft were also utilized for training of Sri .... Read More
Date Raised : 1950-01-26 Location : Yelahanka
The unit took birth in the RAF in 1942. Initially the unit was known as 225 Group Communication Flight, RAF and was located at RAF Stn Yelahanka. In May 1946, the flight moved to HAL airfield ""at Bangalore and was subsequently disbanded. In June 1946, a new unit was formed as No. 2 (Indian) Group Communication Flight. The name was changed on 15 August 1947 to No. 2 (Trg) Group Flight, RIAF. The present name of the unit was given on 26 January 1950. In June 1964, the unit moved back to Yelahanka from Bangalore and has remained there ever since. The unit has been equipped with a variety of aircraft ranging from Havard, Devon, Dakota, Vampire and the present Avro. The unit undertakes VVIP/ VIP communication duties for service and civilian dignitaries. Additionally, the unit has carried out movement of personnel b.... Read More
Date Raised : 1947-08-15 Disbanded : 1950-01-25 Location : Bangalore
The unit took birth in the RAF in 1942. Initially the unit was known as 225 Group Communication Flight, RAF and was located at RAF Stn Yelahanka. In May 1946, the flight moved to HAL airfield ""at Bangalore and was subsequently disbanded. In June 1946, a new unit was formed as No. 2 (Indian) Group Communication Flight. The name was changed on 15 August 1947 to No. 2 (Trg) Group Flight, RIAF. The present name of the unit was given on 26 January 1950. In June 1964, the unit moved back to Yelahanka from Bangalore and has remained there ever since. The unit has been equipped with a variety of aircraft ranging from Havard, Devon, Dakota, Vampire and the present Avro. The unit undertakes VVIP/ VIP communication duties for service and civilian dignitaries. Additionally, the unit has carried out movement of personnel b.... Read More
Location : Agra
Location : Pune
Location : Kalaikunda
Location : Bangalore
Location : Bangalore
Date Raised : 1996-06-01 Location : Bidar

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