February 22, 2024


Hashimara Air Force Station is located in the Jaipalguri district in North-west West Bengal.  Raised as 16 Wing sometime in the early 1960s, Hashimara was initially home to IAF Toofani squadrons. No.47 and No.29 being two of them. Subsequently, Hunter squadrons operated out of Hashimara. Nos 17 and 37 operated with distinction during the 1971 War. Hashimara continued its association with Hunters by providing a home to No.20 Squadron, during its avatar as the Thunderbolts Aerobatic Display team in the 80s.  Over the years various other AF fighter units operated from here including Gnats, Ajeets and MiG21Bis fighters.