No. 20 Squadron IAF

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No. 20 Squadron
Active 1 June 1956 - Present
Country India Republic of India
Branch  Indian Air Force
Role Fighter
Garrison/HQ Lohegaon Air Force Station
Nickname(s) "Lightings"
Motto(s) Vegvankutobhayah
Fast and Fearless
Aircraft flown
Attack Sukhoi Su-30MKI

No. 20 Squadron (Lightnings) is a fighter squadron. It is equipped with Sukhoi Su-30MKI and based at Lohegaon Air Force Station, Pune.[1]


The Lightnings stuck with tremendous impact during the December 1971 operations. A decade later, No. 20 Squadron were chosen to form the IAF’s formation aerobatic team given the appellation of "Thunderbolts".[2]

The IAF's most decorated squadron, No.20 Lightnings, was re-commissioned from its number plated status to operational status.[3] Its pilots and crews were mainly drawn from the first Sukhoi squadron, No. 24 Squadron IAF 'Hunting Hawks,' with which it shares Lohegaon Air Force Station, and therefore have considerable experience on the type.