The main hub of Indian Air Force's operations in the north are the trio of states comprising of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. Before 1965, all the three states were under a single entity, Punjab State. All the IAF's oldest and major airbases - Like Ambala, Pathankot, Halwara, Adampur, Sirsa, Bhatinda, Rajasansi, Chandigarh etc are located in these three state areas.

MiG-23BN [SM268] made the journey from Halwara Air Force Station to the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar in 2007 for permanent display in the campus. The aircraft is a veteran of the Kargil Operations. 

A late production Gnat at a Military School in Punjab

We have known about a Mystere IVA that was on display somewhere on the Grand Trunk Road in Punjab for a few years. That aircraft turns out to be Mystere IVa IA-1007 at Jahaaz Chowk in Gurdaspur on the GT Road. Gurdaspur is less than 20 miles from Pathankot Air Base, and it is very likely the source of this Mystere's origins.  Dipalay Dey sends in photographs of the Mystere IVa..

MiG-23BN [SM219] is the only known warbird with the Sainik School in Kapurthala.  It was unveiled for display in December 2008.

A rare BHEL Swati aircraft can be found at a Science Center near Kapurthala - along with the IAF's very first MIG-23BN!

A Gnat adorns the birth city of Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, the only Param Vir Chakra awardee of the Indian Air Force. The aircraft's identity can now be resolved as Gnat IE-1079. A photograph of the aircraft taken in 2013 has been uploaded in the wikimedia commons.  The aircraft seems to be in its new location at the collectorate and its identity has been confirmed. This Gnat, IE-1079 is one of the direct supply examples from Folland (GT-009) and has served with No.23 Squadron Panthers during the 1965 war.  

Pathankot Air Force Base, despite being one of the oldest and most active airfields of the Indian Air Force has only one warbird preserved. A relatively rare Mystere IVa fighter bomber. 


Halwara Air Force Station is situated south west of Ludhiana, and is on the Grand Trunk Road from Delhi to Amritsar at a junction of several rail lines. The town lies about 170 miles (270 km) northwest of Delhi . Halwara was in the center of action in the 65 and 71 wars. Aircraft like the Hunter, Mysteres, Canberras , MiG-21s operated from this airfield.Two aircraft are displayed at the war memorial in Halwara. A Hawker Hunter and a Sukhoi-7 flank the War Memorial obelisk in the airbase.

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