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Tezpur Air Force Station
One of the military type airports which have been permitted for the public operation as well, the beauty of Tezpur AFS lies in its exemplary operation ever since it had been modernized thoroughly. The Airports Authority of India owns this airport while the Indian Air Forces Operate this airport that has also welcomed the operation of IAF Sukhoi Su-30 combats aircrafts through its expansion.
Located in Tezpur in the Assam state, elevation of Tezpur AFS is at 240 ft., from the sea level. This region geographically coordinates at 26°42′44″N 092°47′14″E, so is it considered most suitable in terms of weather and climatic conditions for airport operation.
Present day Tezpur Airport had been established as Tezpur AFS in Tezpur in Assam state to cater to the needs of the India’s Air Forces. This airport had been permitted for the commercial operation later on upon seeing the growing needs of civilians for the air travel needs. This airport is also famous with its rest other Salonibari Airport which indicates the name of the township and village at which the airport had been established then.
As the history describes about Tezpur AFS, it was developed into unique airfield by the British Royal Indian Air Force in 1942 in Tezpur for the important purpose to prepare them for the ongoing World War II at that time. The United States Army Air Forces Tenth Air Force, B-24 Liberator, the 7th Bombardment Group heavy bomber base used this airbase in the war operations before India’s independence.
Once India attained freedom and the democratic Indian Government took initiative to re-develop Tezpur AFS, it began complete renovation for the operation of its own Air Forces from the year 1959 itself. This airbase has remained one of the highly rushed northeastern bases ever since it had been developed for the Armed Force needs. This airbase has been maintaining complete variety of operation through the fixed and rotary wing aircrafts which function from this base as part of the security operations role to ensure the internal security of northeastern states.
Vampires and Toofani 101 reconnaissance squadron were the first ever aircrafts whose operation began from this airbase itself for the first time soon after country’s independence. It is an undeniable fact indeed that this airbase has been playing a pivotal role for the security measures since last couple of decades. The recognitions include IAF MiG-21 fleets operating from this airbase and equally has remained important the rookie pilots training conducted from this base in the northeast.
Indian Air Forces have initiated such trainings by keeping in view the fast growing needs of Air Force operation from this important airbase. In fact that aircraft still serves the Indian Air Force from this airbase besides coordinating with rest airbases in the northeastern region.
Now denoted with its new identity of Tezpur Air Force Station cum Civil Airport, Tezpur AFS has indeed welcomed ample developments post modernization. It is still one of the most strategic Indian Air Force bases in this region that controls borders through air operation. The Salonibari Civil Airport is its civilian operation and caters to the commercial needs.
Tezpur AFS has its modern state-of-the-art runway which makes both Air Force and civilian operations of this airport easy and best operational as well. The runway has been developed from asphalt with the appropriate direction, length and surface to ensure that air operations do continue smoothly.