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Click to Enlarge C 2098 is a MiG-21bis doing gate Gaurdian duty at the Main gate for Lohegaon AFB.   Photo reproduced with kind permission  of Simon Watson , other pics can be viewed at   http://www.samolet.co.uk/

Lohegaon Air Force Station at Pune was one of the oldest establishments of the Indian Air Force. Going all the way back to the fifties, the airfield was base to Vampires, Canberras, the gigantic Super Constellations, and later on the MIG-21s. Today Lohegaon operates the MiG-29 Squadrons and the Maritime operationsof the Jaguar IMs of No.6 Squadron .

Today Lohegaon sports a good number of warbirds.  Starting with a MiG-21bis and a Canberra as gate gaurdians, the airfield is said to contain some Vampire airframes, the wreckage of a MiG-29, and two derelict Super Constellations. The Super Constellations were initially used for Maritime Recoinannasance by No.6 Squdron in the 60s and 70s before they were handed over to the Indian Navy. For  short time the Connies operated out of Dabolim in Goa. Once they were phased out the Constellations were dumped at Lohegaon. Since then, One Constellation was shipped to the Naval Aviation Museum in Goa. Another was being prepared for the Indian Air Force Museum. The remaining Connies were marked for scrapping in the late 90s. The fate of these aircraft is not known.

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Lockheed Super Constellation BG579 during its heyday. This aircraft is one of the derelict Constellations reported stored at Lohegaon Airbase near Pune.

 

 

Lohegaon also houses No.9 Base Repair Depot, which concentrates on the maintenance of Electronic gadgetry of the Air Force.

Aircraft Type Serial No Remarks

HAL Gnat I

E 247

National Defence Academy, Salaria Square.

MiG-21 FL

?

National Defence Academy. Parade Ground

Sea Hawk

?

National Defence Academy. Parade Ground

Dassault Mystere IVa

IA1022

National Defence Academy. Cadets Mess.

Dassault Ouragan

?

National Defence Academy, Cadets Mess. (Missing?)

MiG-21 bis

C 2098

Lohegaon AFB , Main Gate.

Lockheed Constellation

BG 583

Lohegaon AFB to be despatched to IAFM

Lockheed Constellation

BG 579

Lohegaon AFB , Stored Derelict.

BAe Canberra

IQ 994

Lohegaon AFB

BAe Canberra

?

Derelict on the grounds of Sri Shivaji Preparatory Military School.

HAL HF-24 Marut

D 1201

Kamala Nehru Park, Pune

In Pune proper, there is a Marut preserved in the park by the name  Kamala Nehru Park.  Aditya Vaze of IIT, Bombay has reported the existance of a derelict Canberra in a Private Military school in Pune.

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