PAF Base Faisal

Pakistan Air Force Base Faisal (Urdu: پی اے ایف بیس فیصل ‎), founded as RAF Drigh Road,[1] is air force base located at Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. In 1975, it was named after the late Faisal of Saudi Arabia.[2] It is the site of PAF's Southern Air Command HQ and PAF Air War College.

PAF Base Faisal
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorPakistan Air Force
CommanderAir Cdre Amir Munir
Elevation AMSL29 ft / 9 m
Coordinates24°52′42″N 67°6′56″E / 24.87833°N 67.11556°E / 24.87833; 67.11556Coordinates: 24°52′42″N 67°6′56″E / 24.87833°N 67.11556°E / 24.87833; 67.11556
PAF Base Faisal is located in Karachi
PAF Base Faisal
PAF Base Faisal
Location of PAF Base Faisal in Karachi, Pakistan
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During the British Raj, PAF Base Faisal was established in 1933 and was known as RAF Drigh Road. It was the first air force station in the Indian subcontinent and was the birthplace of the colonial-era Royal Indian Air Force, the PAF's parent force. The Royal Air Force mutiny of 1946 was a mutiny on dozens of Royal Air Force stations in the Indian Subcontinent in January 1946. The mutiny began at RAF Drigh Road, now known as PAF Base Faisal, and later spread to involve nearly 50,000 men over 60 RAF stations in British India and RAF bases as far as Singapore.[3]

PAF Base Masroor is the other Pakistan Air Force base in Karachi. The new PAF Base Bholari near Karachi was inaugurated in January 2018.[4][5]

It is currently the home of the PAF Air War College, preparing Pakistan Air Force junior officers who have already been marked for promotion for command and staff duties at the operational level. One of the facilities at PAF Base Faisal, the 102 Air Engineering depot, is responsible for the overhaul of turbojet engines for the PAF's fleet of Chengdu F-7. The F-7 is a type of Chinese interceptor aircraft. On 4 July 2003 a ceremony was held to celebrate the roll-out of the 10,000th turbojet engine to be overhauled at the facility.[6] The engine overhaul workshop was also upgraded to overhaul the newer WP-13F turbojet engines of the PAF's latest F-7 model, the F-7PG.[7]

See alsoEdit


  • Childs, David (2000), Britain Since 1945: A Political History, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-24804-3
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  2. ^ Active Bases PAF Official Website. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  3. ^ Childs 2000, p. 22
  4. ^ "PAF inaugurates new operational air base at Bholari near Karachi".
  5. ^ "Khawaja Asif lays foundation stone of PAF Bholari base in Jamshoro". The Nation. 10 December 2015.
  6. ^ "PM says ties with China to grow stronger: 10,000th engine rolls out -DAWN – Top Stories; July 4, 2003". Dawn. Pakistan. 4 July 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Leading News Resource of Pakistan". Daily Times. 4 July 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2013.