The Bangladesh Air Force can trace its origins with the flight formed by the Mukti Bahini fighters during the Pakistani crackdown in East Pakistan. The Flight was formed with four DHC-3 Otters, a C-47 Dakota and an Alloutte III Helicopter donated by India. The Otters flew some token sorties during the 1971 War. One of the DHC-3 Otters is even today preserved in the Tejgaon Air Force Base of the BAF.

After the war, the fledgling Bangladesh Air Force found itself in possession of five Ex-PAF Sabres abandoned by the Pakistanis at Tejgaon after the end of the 71 War. These Sabres were salvaged and operated till 1974. At least two of these aircraft survive today.

Canadiar F-86 Sabre "JB 255" can be seen at the Bangladesh Air Force Museum in Dhaka even today. (Pic Courtesy : World Air Power Journal)Click to Enlarge

A number of MiG-21s, F-6s , One Mi-17 and Fouga Magister jets can be found scattered around the airforces installations in Bangladesh. in 2000, When the Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis visited Bangladesh, The Indian Air Force contributed One MiG-21FL, One Gnat and One Hunter to the Bangladesh Air Force. These aircraft saw individual service in the Bangladesh war. The MiG-21 can be seen with the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka.

Aircraft TypeSerial NoLocation
DHC - 3 Otter-NA-Bashar AFB, Dhaka
Canadair F-86 Sabre CL-13-B6JB 255Bashar AFB, Dhaka S.No 1802
Canadair F-86 Sabre CL-13-B6-NA-AFB, Chittagong
MiG-21 M009Air Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment
MiG-21 M007Jahangir Gate, Dhaka Cantonment
Shenyang F-6622Khulna
Shenyang F-6632Bijoy Sarani, Dhaka
Shenyang F-63812Chittagong City
Shenyang F-6-NA-AFB, Chittagong
Airtourer-NA-AFB, Chittagong

Note: Some of the info from this section has been taken from Rubayat Zahir's BAF Site)

The Bangladesh Air Force's usage of MiGs began in the 70s immediately after the establishment of the BAF. The erstwhile USSR supplied 12 MiG-21 Ms in the early 70s to supplement the five F-86 Sabres being used by the BAF. The MiGs saw usage into the eighties but were since grounded due to shortage of spares and flying hours. None of the original MiG-21s are now being used. Several of the MiGs still lie in storage at BAF Bashar, some are displayed as gate gaurdians.

A visitor to Dhaka can see one of the original MiG-21s on display at the Jahangir gate in the Army Cantonment in Dhaka. This MiG-21 is displayed in a rather unique and striking manner, pointing skywards at the entrance to the BAF Recruitment Center.

Bangla_MiG2103_Small.jpg (11630 bytes)The MiG-21 M [ 007 ] perched precariously over the main entrance to the BAF Recruitment center in Dhaka Cantonment Area. Pic Courtesy : Ashit Chakraborty
Check Six! View of the same MiG-21 from the rear, This view is similar to that ofa MiG breaking off from an attack, or trying to avoid a missile! Pic Courtesy : Ashit ChakrabortyClick to Enlarge

Another MiG-21 [No.009] is on display at the Air Headquarters at Bashar AFB. It is displayed on a concrete pylon/platform. Also seen on display in Dhaka at the Bijoy Sarani traffic square is a Shenyang F-6 [No. 632]. The BAF acquired F-7s (Chinese copies of the MiG-21F) and F-6 (Chinese MiG-19s) in the mid Eighties to bolster its offensive component. Pakistan Air Force donated several F-6s in the early nineties to the BAF. However most of the F-6s were written off in a cyclonic storm that hit Bangladesh's Chittagong Airbase. Some of the F-6s have since been moved to their present Gate Gaurdian/Traffic Square duties.

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Two views of the Shenyang F-6 [ 632 ] at the Bijoy Sarani traffic square in Dhaka . Pic Courtesy : Ashit Chakraborty

A number of F-6s were noticed in other towns and stations. Air Force Base Chittagong has one on display as a Gate Gaurdian according to the Magazine Air Forces Monthly. Recently in December 2002, Our man in Bangladesh, Ashit Chakraborty visited Chittagong town. He came upon another F-6 with the serial number '3812' on display.

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Shenyang F-6 [3812 ] mounted on the pylon at Chittagong town is believed to be one of the two F-6s in Chittagong, the other F-6 being reported as a gate guardian in the Air Force Base.

The port town of Khulna, has another F-6 on display at one of the street squares. Ashit had earlier visited Khulna and sent uspictures of the aircraft '622' on display there.

Bangla_622_01_Small.jpg (15758 bytes)Shenyang F-6 [ 622 ] on display in the port town of Khulna. The BAF has a better practice of constructing concrete pylons to form a base to display the aircraft. Not only does it creates a better display, but also keeps the aircraft out of prying reach of curious passerbys. Pic Courtesy : Ashit Chakraborty
Our Bangladesh Warbird Man Ashit Chakraborty himself can be seen in the picture on the right which shows the F-6 from the front. Pic Courtesy : Ashit Chakraborty Bangla_622_02_Small.jpg (13249 bytes)

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