Batajnica Air Base
Colonel-pilot Milenko Pavlović Air Base
Вoјни аеродром пуковник-пилот Миленко Павловић
Vojni aerodrom pukovnik-pilot Milenko Pavlović
|Airport type||Military air base|
|Operator||Serbian Air Force|
|In use||1951 - present|
|Elevation AMSL||281 ft / 86 m|
The Colonel-pilot Milenko Pavlović Air Base (Serbian: Војни аеродром пуовник-пилот Миленко Павловић, romanized: Vojni aerodrom pukovnik-pilot Milenko Pavlović), commonly known as Batajnica Air Base (Serbian: Војни аеродром Батајница, romanized: Vojni aerodrom Batajnica) (IATA: BJY, ICAO: LYBT) is the main military air base of Serbia. It is located between Batajnica and Nova Pazova, about 25 km northwest from the center of Belgrade, Serbia. It is the only airport in Serbia with two runways.
Construction of the airbase started in 1947 and was completed in 1951, when the airbase was officially opened. The purpose of the airbase was to protect the capital from attack. One grass and two asphalted runways are used. It was known as 177th Air Base, which was its name until the 2006 reorganization. The airbase was home of 204th Fighter-Aviation regiment, 138th Transport-Aviation Regiment and other units of Yugoslav Air Force.
During the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia the airbase was heavily bombed for 25 days and sustained heavy damage.
In June 2006, two USAF F-16 fighter jets, landed in the airbase. It was the first official visit of USAF aircraft in more than 20 years and the first since the bombing. In June 2019, Batajnica Air Base officially changed its name to Colonel-pilot Milenko Pavlović Air Base, in honor of a pilot who died in 1999 Kosovo War.
Serbian Air Force units operating from Milenko Pavlović Air Base:
- Air Force and Air Defense Training Center
- Aeronautical Plant "Moma Stanojlović"
- Military Technical Testing Center Flight Test Section
- "Aerodrom Batajnica dobio ime po pilotu poginulom u ratu 1999". n1info.com (in Serbian). Beta. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
- 204TH AIR FORCE BRIGADE Archived March 7, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
- AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. February 2017. p. 10.
- AIR FORCE TRAINING CENTER Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Batajnica Air Base.|
- Airport information for LYBT at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Batajnica Airport map*
- Batajnica Airbase pre-strike with visible control tower