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Tezpur Airport

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Tezpur Air Force Station

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IAF Sukhoi Su-30 combat aircraft
IATA: TEZICAO: VETZ
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Airports Authority of India
Operator Indian Air Force
Location Tezpur
Elevation AMSL 240 ft / 73 m
Coordinates 26°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
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 9,010 2,746 Asphalt
Tezpur Airport is located in India
Tezpur Airport
Location of Tezpur Airport, India

Tezpur Airport (IATA: TEZICAO: 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]

It is also a major Indian Air Force base, with Tezpur Air Force Station being the home of several Sukhoi Su-30 combat aircraft.[2] The location of the aircraft bears great significance since it lies strategically between Bhutan, Tibet, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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History

The airfield in Tezpur was constructed by the British Royal Indian Air Force during World War II in 1942. It was used by the United States Army Air Force Tenth Air Force as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber base by the 7th Bombardment Group. After the war, it was subsequently developed into a full-fledged air force base in 1959. Since its inception, it has been one of the most active bases in the Northeast of India with a variety of fixed and rotary wing aircraft operating from here.

The first aircraft that flew at this base were Vampires and Toofani 101 reconnaissance squadron. In fact, in the last 25 years, it was home to the IAF MiG-21 fleet which was used extensively to train rookie pilots for the Indian Air Force. The aircraft continues to serve the air force, operating from other bases in the Northeast.

Airlines and Destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air India Regional Kolkata, Silchar

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