18 Wing


Date Raised : 1962-11-07 Location : Pathankot
The saga of Air Force Station Pathankot began with formal sanction of Government of India on 15 Oct 1962. The station came into being on 07 Nov 1962 with tented accommodation and an overlay of PSP sheets for a Runway. Air Force Station Pathankot started its journey as a transport base initially to provide logistic support to Unitss in J&K area. However due to the strategic location of the base the station soon became a fighter base with the deployment of Gnat, Vampire and Mystere fighter aircraft. Soon the subsonic aircraft were replaced by the supersonic MIGs. In Mar 79, the Base was upgraded to Air Officer Command. Today Pathankot is a frontline air base which houses a fighter squadron, the first attack helicopter squadron, a Pechora squadron, a transportable Radar Units and Tropo Unitss.

Commanding Officers


07 Nov 62 - 13 Aug 64
Group Captain
Solomon Purushottam
1928 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

14 Aug 64 - 12 Jan 67
Group Captain
Roshan Lal Suri
2459 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

13 Jan 67 - 13 May 67
Group Captain
Wilbur Desmond McNeill
2995 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

18 May 67 - 19 Aug 69
Group Captain
Jagdish Raj Bhasin
3591 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

20 Aug 69 - 03 Dec 71
Group Captain
Meghashyama Sadanand Dandekar
3201 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

04 Dec 71 - 17 Jan 72
Group Captain
Lakshman Madhav Katre
3117 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

18 Jan 72 - 04 Sep 72
Group Captain
Meghashyama Sadanand Dandekar
3201 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

05 Sep 72 - 19 May 74
Group Captain
Jagdish Chandra Sengupta
3657 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

20 May 74 - 01 Jul 75
Group Captain
Gunakar Kamalkar Bakhle
4204 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

20 Jul 75 - 22 Jan 77
Group Captain
Jayaram Nilkanth Jatar
4040 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

23 Jan 77 - 28 Jul 78
Group Captain
Ramanathan Sundaresan
4574 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

21 Sep 78 - 25 Mar 79
Group Captain
Denzil Edward Satur
4339 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Pathankot

26 Mar 79 - 02 Jan 81
Air Commodore
Denzil Edward Satur
4339 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

03 Jan 81 - 15 Oct 82
Air Commodore
Gandharva Sen
4429 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

16 Oct 82 - 15 Apr 84
Air Commodore
Pondicherry Jayarao Jayakumar
5037 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

16 Apr 84 - 24 Sep 86
Air Commodore
Bir Inder Singh
5040 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

25 Sep 86 - 27 Jan 89
Air Commodore
Tupakula Narashimulu Bhavani Shanker
5060 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

13 Feb 89 - 14 Mar 91
Air Commodore
Milind Shankar
6130 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

15 May 91 - 30 Sep 93
Air Commodore
Amitava Chakladar
8132 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

01 Oct 93 - 21 May 95
Air Commodore
Sunil Kumar Malik
9002 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

28 Aug 95 - 29 Jun 97
Air Commodore
Brijendra Mohan Bali
8438 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

30 Jun 97 - 14 Jul 98
Air Commodore
Arun Kumar Tiwary
12194 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

15 Jul 98 - 25 Jun 00
Air Commodore
Pushpendra Singh
12512 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

26 Jun 00 - 10 Mar 02
Air Commodore
Vivek Kumar Chopra
12752 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

11 Mar 02 - 02 Nov 03
Air Commodore
Anjan Kumar Gogoi
13382 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

03 Nov 03 - 01 Jan 06
Air Commodore
Satvir Singh Dhanda
13926 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

02 Jan 06 - 30 Apr 07
Air Commodore
Ujjal Prabhat Biswas
14090 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

01 May 07 - 15 Jun 09
Air Commodore
Suneet Shripad Soman
14681 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

15 Jun 09 - 14 Dec 10
Air Commodore
Nalin Kumar Tandon
16030 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

15 Dec 10 - 13 Jun 12
Air Commodore
Rajesh Kumar
16770 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

22 Feb 16 - 13 Aug 17
Air Commodore
Jeetendra Mishra
18575 F(P)
AOC
Pathankot

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