31st Tactical Air Base

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31st Tactical Air Base Unit
31 Baza Lotnictwa Taktycznego.svg
31.BLoT patch
Active 2008 – present
Country  Poland
Allegiance Polish Air Force
Type Tactical Air Force Unit
Role Providing Air Superiority, Reconnaissance
Size 2x Squadrons
Location Krzesiny, part of the Nowe Miasto district of Poznań
Commanders
Commendatnt Col. Cezary WIŚNIEWSKI
Aircraft flown
Fighter Lockheed Martin F-16 C/D +52
Utility helicopter Mil Mi-2

The 31st Tactical Air Base (Polish: 31 Baza Lotnictwa Taktycznego – 31.BLoT) is the biggest military unit of Polish Air Force. Unit was created in 2008 as a result of fusion of three previous units: 31st Air Base, 3rd Tactical Squadron and 6th Tactical Squadron. Unit operates two squadrons of F-16 C/D fighters (16 planes in each squadron) and two Mi-2 utility helicopters. Currently operates F-16 fighters only.

Previously the 31st Air Base (Polish: 31. Baza Lotnicza) had been organised as a Polish Air Force base, located in Krzesiny, part of the Nowe Miasto district of Poznań. It is the first base to host the recently acquired F-16 fighters. The base was officially constituted on 31 December 2000.

3rd and 6th Tactical Squadrons[edit]

The 3rd Tactical Squadron had previously been part of the 31st Air Base since 31 December 2000.

The 6th Fighter Squadron was previously known as the 6th Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment (6 Pułk Lotnictwa Myśliwsko-Bombowego) (1982–1998) and the 6th Tactical Air Squadron (6 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego) (2000–2008)

Air Base[edit]

The 31st Air Force Base is a logistic unit, providing comprehensive support for training and warfare of all air force units residing on base area. It provides a wide range of support for air units deployed to the base for tasks during peacetime, in states of emergency, or in war situations. It also provided logistic support for other units permanently or temporarily deployed to the base, as well as SAR, CSAR and CAP duties.

Main tasks of the air base include:

  • coordinating and supporting incoming air elements of different services and countries
  • logistics and securing of combat missions of military aircraft
  • organization and maintenance of command system of military aircraft
  • coordination and execution of loading procedures for other types of aircraft
  • storage, preparation and supply of air combat supplies for air units stationing in air base
  • the maintenance and servicing of air and ground equipment

Equipment[edit]

F-16 C/Ds in the base's hangar
Aircraft Origin Type In service
Lockheed Martin F-16C block +52 United States USA Multirole Jet Fighter 23
Lockheed Martin F-16D block +52 United States USA Multirole Jet Fighter 9
Mil Mi-2  Poland
 Soviet Union
Light Utility Helicopter 2

See also[edit]

6th Fighter Squadron Patch

Coordinates: 52°19′49.09″N 16°57′55.37″E / 52.3303028°N 16.9653806°E / 52.3303028; 16.9653806