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Mianwali Airport

PAF Base Mianwali
Airport type Military
Operator Pakistan Air Force
Location Mianwali
Elevation AMSL 690 ft / 210 m
Coordinates 32°33′47″N 71°34′15″E / 32.56306°N 71.57083°E / 32.56306; 71.57083Coordinates: 32°33′47″N 71°34′15″E / 32.56306°N 71.57083°E / 32.56306; 71.57083
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06R/24L 10,161 3,097 Asphalt
06L/24R 10,348 3,154 Asphalt

PAF Base Mianwali (IATA: MWD, ICAO: OPMI) is a Pakistan Air Force airbase located at Mianwali, in the Punjab province of Pakistan.


Originally a WW2 airstrip, it was decided that Mianwali would be upgraded into a satellite airbase for PAF Base Mushaf (then PAF Base Sargodha) during the 1965 Indo-Pak War to act as an alternate recovery airfield. PAFB Mianwali became operational in October 1971 and was first commanded by Group Captain S. M. Dutta. Aircraft of different types, including the Shenyang F-6, were operated from the base during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. Pilots and anti-aircraft gunners of PAFB Mianwali shot down 5 enemy aircraft during that conflict, the first three days of which the base came under regular attacks.

PAFB Mianwali was again upgraded to a permanent operational airbase in August 1974, although construction of facilities was not completed for another three years. The first base commander was Wing Commander Sultan Muhammad. During November 1975, the No.1 Fighter Conversion Unit (FCU) was transferred to PAFB Mianwali from PAF Base Masroor where it began fighter conversion training using the FT-5 dual-seat training aircraft. Over 500 fighter pilots have graduated since.

In November 1976, No.14 Squadron was transferred to PAFB Mianwali for operational conversion of graduates of the No.1 Fighter Conversion Unit from dual-seat to the Shenyang F-6 single-seat fighter aircraft. When No.14 Squadron was selected to operate the F-16 in August 1986, it was transferred away from PAFB Mianwali and replaced by No.25 Squadron. Further construction of facilities and transfer of units to the base took place during the 1980s.

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General Info
Country Pakistan
Time UTC+5
Latitude 32.563089
32° 33' 47.12" N
Longitude 71.570681
071° 34' 14.45" E
Elevation 690 feet
210 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 002° E (01/06)
Operating Agency MILITARY

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
06R/24L 10161 x 156 feet
3097 x 48 meters
06L/24R 10348 x 97 feet
3154 x 30 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB MI MIANWALI - 240 At Field -

Fuel Jet A, without icing inhibitor.

JP-4, Wide cut turbine fuel MIL Spec T-5624

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