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Agra Airport
आगरा हवाईअड्डा

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Kheria Air Force Station

IATA: AGRICAO: VIAG
AGR is located in India airports
AGR
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Location of airport in India
Summary
Airport type Military / Public
Operator Indian Air Force /
Airports Authority of India
Location Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Elevation AMSL 551 ft / 167.94 m
Coordinates 27°09′27″N 077°57′39″E / 27.15750°N 77.96083°E / 27.15750; 77.96083
Website airportsindia.org.in/...
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 9,000 2,743 Concrete
12/30 5,964 1,818 Concrete

Agra Airport (Hindi: आगरा हवाईअड्डा) aka Kheria Air Force Station (IATA: AGRICAO: VIAG), is a military airbase and public airport serving the city of Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The air force station is one of the largest airbases of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and has been synonymous with the Taj Mahal for over half a century. On 15 August 2007, the airbase celebrated its sixtieth anniversary. The Airbase was also featured in the 2013 Walt Disney Pictures movie - Planes as a pit stop for the Wings Across The World race.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Air Force Station Agra was established on 15 August 1947 and placed under the command of Wing Commander Shivdev Singh, who was the incumbent commander of the No. 12 Sqn. Based on the then present system of Commands, the base fell under the responsibility of the Western Air Command (WAC). The base remained under this Theatre Command for the next two decades. In July 1971 it was transferred to the Central Air Command (CAC), where it remains today.

The base has remained unchanged, although many of the aircraft, squadrons, officers, and men have come and gone. During its sixty year history with the IAF, the base has seen the likes of C-47 Dakotas, C-119 Packets, HS 748 'Avros', AN-12s, AN-32s, IL-76s, Canberras, IL-78 MKI and now the AWACS. Today, it is hard to find a transport pilot who has not been at Air Force Station Agra at least sometime during his career; this trend will undoubtedly continue well into the future.

The base now has the honor of holding the first inflight refueling aircraft Squadron in IAF service, the 78 ‘Mid Air Refuelling Squadron’ (MARS) Squadron flying the IL-78MKIs. This is also a first for the whole of the Indian Sub-Continent region.[citation needed]

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces Air Technical Service Command established a major maintenance and supply facility at Agra, named "Agra Air Depot". The 3d Air Depot Group serviced a wide variety of fighter, bomber and transport aircraft being used by Tenth Air Force and the Allied ground forces in Burma and Fourteenth Air Force in China. The depot stockpiled large amounts of material for shipment over the Himalayan Mountains ("The Hump") by Air Transport Command cargo aircraft flying to forward airfields in China. It also was a major stopover point on the ATC Karachi-Kunming air transport route.[1]

Developments[edit]

No. 50 Squadron IAF has been tasked with the operations of the newly inducted Beriev A-50E/I Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) aircraft. The AWACS has been mounted on a specially designed IL-76 with advanced avionics & telecommunication systems.

Agra International Airport[edit]

A new greenfield international airport is proposed for Agra in a bid to give required fillip to tourism in Uttar Pradesh, Taj international airport project at Agra would be implemented in right earnest with the state government according top priority to this project as Taj Mahal is one of the most visited tourist spots in the world. Consortium of Rites Ltd and KPMG Advisory Services Pvt Ltd, the selected consultants for this project, made a detailed presentation to Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner(IIDC), Anil Kumar Gupta on the future course of action. Consultants were asked to identify the best suited site by the end of the current financial year. The project site would be selected in a way so as to enable prompt clearances and approvals for the implementation without any hindrances. To be developed through Public Private Partnership (PPP), in order to ensure time-bound execution of the project, the government has assured full cooperation at all levels of administration. Development of an international airport near the Taj Mahal will enhance the tourist inflow, the new airport would also cater to needs of frequent fliers, entrepreneurs and exporters from the region. If everything goes as per plan, Agra will have an international airport within 4 to 5 years.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi,Mumbai,Varanasi,Khajurao

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ USAFHRA Document Search Agra Air Depot
  2. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-19/lucknow/35912101_1_tourist-inflow-site-options-foreign-tourists

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