Bareilly is located in the northern portions of Uttar Pradesh state, right on the border with the newly created state of Uttaranchal. Bareilly had been the location for the Air Force Base established under Central Air Command in the mid 60s. It had always housed the most secretive of the aircraft of the IAF - starting with the Sukhoi-7s, the EW Squadron with MiG-21Ms and Canberras and finally the No.102 Squadron Trisonics, flying the MiG-25Rs.

The airfield has atleast one Canberra T.4 variant preserved on the tarmac. First observed when President KR Narayanan visited the airbase to present colors to No.35 Squadron, the aircraft was photographed recently during the phase out of the MiG-25Rs. The aircraft is a rare example as there are no T.4 variants in preservation anywhere.

This Canberra T.4 trainer variant can be distinguished by the "solid" nose and the bubble canopy. Pic Courtesy : Sanjay SimhaClick to Enlarge

As per Google Earth, there are atleast three more Canberras which are lying around in one of the blast pens. It is not known if they are still there or if there are any plans to preserve them. Sanjay Simha, who took the above picture has mentioned he had seen one more Canberra lying around during the MiG-25 ceremony.

The IAF has indicated that atleast one MiG-25 airframe will be preserved on the airbase. It is believed that this will most probably be KP-3106, an airframe that has been grounded at Bareilly for quite some time.

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