Assam

The North Eastern Area of India comprises of the states of  Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland. The entire area is the responsiblity of Eastern Air Command [EAC] with its HQ at Shillong. EAC maintains airbases at Calcutta, Panagarh, Kalaikunda , Barrackpore, Bagdogra, Hashimara (All in West Bengal), Jorhat, Chabua, Gauhati, Tezpur, (All in Assam), Shillong (Meghalaya) and some "Advanced Landing Grounds" as in Walong (Arunachal Pradesh), Mohanbari and Vijaynagar. Some of the airfields where warbirds were sighted in the North East are listed at the end of the page.

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Goalpara Harvard01 SmallThis Harvard trainer was dilapidated and derelict. but just years later it was rescued from the brink..at Sainik School Goalpara.

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The Hunter T66 at Gandhi Park in Jorhat. Jeffrey van Summeren contributes two photographs he took in May 2000, which shows the aircraft in its pristine psyhedelic glory

Earlier Dipalay Dey discovered a rare Toofani at Kumbhirgram airfield - thus kicking off this page.   Today, he provides a photograph of an Mil Mi-4 that does guard duty at the airfield.

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A new MiG-23UM surfaces in Jorhat - Courtesy of Gp Capt T K Singha

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Guwahati (Assamese: গুৱাহাটী, spelled as Guwāhāti - with diacritics) formerly known as Gauhati is a metropolis and is the largest city of Assam in India, with a population of 1,100,000 (2011 census). It is also the largest metropolis in the north-east region of India. It is said to be the "Gateway" of the North East Region. Dispur, the capital of the Indian state of Assam, is located within the city is the seat of Government of Assam.

Tezpur has been the home of MiG-21s for over three decades. Currently it is base for the MIG Operational Flying Training Unit (MOFTU) which flies the MiG-21FL. Tezpur's history goes back more than four decades when it was activated as an airfield to help sustain the North eastern region. The airfield has seen Ouragans, Hunters , MiG-21s and MiG-27s operate from here besides different types of Transport aircraft. The parent formation here is 11 Wing, which comprised not only the two Squadrons of MOFTU, but also No.30 Squadron and a helicopter unit.  

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