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Thanjavur Air Force Station

Airport type  Military
Elevation AMSL  253 ft / 77 m
1,731  5,680
Elevation  77 m
Operator  Indian Air Force
07/25  1,731
Code  TJV
Thanjavur Air Force Station
Location  Thanjavur (Tanjore), India
Address  Nanjikottai, Mappillai Naicken Patty, Tamil Nadu 613005
Similar  Air Force Station Thanjavur, Thanjavur New Bus Stand, Blossom Public School, Kamala Subrama Matriculat, Yagappa Internatio School

Thanjavur Air Force Station (IATA: TJV, ICAO: VOTJ) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) is located in Thanjavur (also known as Tanjore) in Tamil Nadu, India. It is home to a squadron of the IAF's Sukhoi Su-30 MKI super-manoeuvrable fighter aircraft - the first IAF fighter squadron in Tamil Nadu. The facility was expected to start functioning by 2012. However, the schedule was delayed and the airbase was inaugurated on 27 May 2013 by then Defence Minister A. K. Antony.

History

The airfield was used by the Royal Air force during World War II as a base for its Lockheed Hudson, Vickers Wellington, Hawker Hurricane, and P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft. After the war the airfield was handed over to the government for civilian use and eventually came under the jusrisdiction of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). In the early '90s, Thanjavur was connected with Chennai via the Vayudoot Flight Service, which was stopped due to poor patronage. The IAF took over the airfield in March 1990. During the heavy floods in Tamil Nadu in November 2008, IAF helicopters operating from Thanjavur dropped 15,000 kg of relief materials to the affected areas.

Facilities

The airport is situated at an elevation of 253 feet (77 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with concrete surfaces: 07/25 measuring 5,680 by 150 feet (1,731 m × 46 m) and 14/32 measuring 4,757 by 150 feet (1,450 m × 46 m). Recent aerial photography only shows extension of Runway 07/25 to 9000 feet with parallel taxiway and aprons under construction.

References

Thanjavur Air Force Station Wikipedia


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