Kalaikunda

In the Midnapore District in the state of West Bengal, about 130 km from Calcutta is the Major Airbase of Kalaikunda. Established way back during the Second World War, this desolate village turned airstrip is now a major establishment on the IAF's Orbat.

Ever since its reactivation in 1955, Kalaikunda had been home to Mystere Squadrons, Vampires, Hunters, Canberras, MiG-21s , Su-7s and now MiG-27s. Kalaikunda has a large number of warbirds on display, approximately seven preserved. A number of hunter airframes have been noticed lying derelict around the airbase. It is suspected that atleast one Sukhoi-7 airframe is lying around in the airbase. In the late 70s, one Spitfire airframe which was lying as a decoy was recovered and auctioned off to the UK Collectors.

MiG-25U [DS-362] is one of the two Foxbat trainers in Indian Air Force Service - and thankfully both have survived, with DS362 being at Kalaikunda air force station.

A Unique display of two vertical standing Gnats - has since been re-organised into a more conventional display.

The DHC-3 Otter is a rarity - and only one exists in its entirity.. here

Kalaikunda was the last operating base of the Hawker Hunters - being home to the Target Tug Unit.

A former 2 Squadron aircraft guards over the Hangars .

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