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Gweru-Thornhill Air Base (IATA: GWE, ICAO: FVTL) is one of the two main air bases of the Air Force of Zimbabwe located near the central city of Gweru,[4]

Gweru-Thornhill Air Base
Airport typeMilitary
Elevation AMSL4,680 ft / 1,426 m
Coordinates19°26′11″S 29°51′43″E / 19.43639°S 29.86194°E / -19.43639; 29.86194Coordinates: 19°26′11″S 29°51′43″E / 19.43639°S 29.86194°E / -19.43639; 29.86194
GWE is located in Zimbabwe
Location of the airport in Zimbabwe
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13R/31L 2,385 7,826 Asphalt
13L/31R 2,672 8,766 Asphalt
Sources: World Aero Data[1] GCM[2] Google Maps[3]

Thornhill Air Base is home to air force fighter squadrons and the Pilot Training School. According to Janes Defence Weekly of 6 September 2006 a US$41.5m simulation center was being established. A full range of amenities and services, which include workshops, transport fleets, equipment depots, and accommodation, sporting and entertainment facilities, support the base. The Gweru Thornhill VOR-DME (Ident: VTL) and non-directional beacons (Idents: TL and TI) are located on the field.[5][6]

It is home to these squadrons:

  • No. 2 Squadron (Cobra) - for advanced jet training and close air support. Operates 12 K-8s.
  • No. 4 Squadron (Hornet) - equipped with Cessna FTB337G and O-2A
  • No. 5 Squadron (Arrow) - interceptor/fighter role with Chengdu F-7 II/IIN and Guizhou FT-7BZ.
  • No. 6 Squadron (Tiger) - with SF-260M, SF-260TP and SF-260W

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Airport information for FVTL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^ Airport information for FVTL at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ Google Maps - Gweru-Thornhill A.B.
  4. ^ McCrea, Barbara; Tony Pinchuck (2000). The Rough Guide to Zimbabwe. Rough Guides. p. 106. ISBN 1-85828-532-1.
  5. ^ "Gweru Thornhill NDB (TL) @ OurAirports". Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Gweru Thornhill VOR-DME (VTL) @ OurAirports". Retrieved 3 September 2018.

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