Hasimara

Hashimara Air Force Station is located in the Jaipalguri district in North-west West Bengal.  Raised as 16 Wing sometime in the early 1960s, Hashimara was initially home to IAF Toofani squadrons. No.47 and No.29 being two of them. Subsequently, Hunter squadrons operated out of Hashimara. Nos 17 and 37 operated with distinction during the 1971 War. Hashimara continued its association with Hunters by providing a home to No.20 Squadron, during its avatar as the Thunderbolts Aerobatic Display team in the 80s.  Over the years various other AF fighter units operated from here including Gnats, Ajeets and MiG21Bis fighters.

The Swifts Squadron retired this particular Gnat into permanent display

A Hawker Hunter in Thunderbolts scheme adorns the entrance to the airbase

Ouragans are rare - only five exist - with IC867 belonging to Hashimara. Now the story of when it has been put up in Hasimara is revealed.

A derelict burnt out airframe.

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