Panagarh Airport

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Arjan Singh Air Base
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorGovernment
LocationPanagarh, India
Elevation AMSL240 ft / 73 m
Coordinates23°28′28″N 087°25′39″E / 23.47444°N 87.42750°E / 23.47444; 87.42750
Map
Panagarh is located in India
Panagarh
Panagarh
Location of Panagarh Airport in India
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,743 9,000 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Arjan Singh Air Base (ICAO: VEPH) is an airport serving the city of Panagarh,[1] in the state of West Bengal in India. It also serves as an Indian Air Force base and the Headquarters of Eastern Air Command of Indian Air Force.

History[edit]

During World War II, the airport was used as a supply transport airfield from 1942-1945 by the United States Army Air Forces Tenth Air Force and as a repair and maintenance depot for B-24 Liberator heavy bombers by Air Technical Service Command.[2] [3]

The airport has numerous wartime relics, with abandoned taxiways and a large concrete parking ramp remaining, although not used and in a deteriorating state.

Facilities[edit]

The airport is at an elevation of 73 m (240 ft) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 15/33 with an asphalt surface measuring 2743 m by 46 m (9000 ft by 150 ft).[1] The Air Force is planning to deploy six mid-air refuelling tanker aircraft at Panagarh air base in West Bengal. With the deployment of these tanker aircraft in Panagarh, the striking range of fighter planes like Su-30 MKIs based in Tezpur and Chabua (both in Assam) will be enhanced as these can get fuel mid-air. Panagarh is also the likely location of a proposed Army Mountain Corps headquarter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Airport information for VEPH from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
  3. ^ Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.

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