PAF Base Masroor

PAF Base Masroor (ICAO: OPMR) is the largest airbase operated by the Pakistan Air Force.[citation needed] It is located in the Mauripur area of Karachi, in the Sindh province. The base was originally known as RPAF Station Mauripur and after 1956, as PAF Station Mauripur.

PAF Base Masroor
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorPakistan Air Force
OccupantsPakistan Air Force
Elevation AMSL35 ft / 11 m
Coordinates24°53′37″N 66°56′20″E / 24.89361°N 66.93889°E / 24.89361; 66.93889Coordinates: 24°53′37″N 66°56′20″E / 24.89361°N 66.93889°E / 24.89361; 66.93889
WebsitePakistan Air Force
PAF Base Masroor is located in Karachi
PAF Base Masroor
PAF Base Masroor
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 8,622 2,628 Asphalt
09/27 9,022 2,750 Concrete

PAF Base Faisal is the other Pakistan Air Force base in Karachi. The new PAF Base Bholari near Karachi was inaugurated in January 2018.[1][2]


The airbase at Mauripur was established by Britain (Royal Indian Air Force, RIAF) during World War II in 1940–1941. On establishment of the Royal Pakistan Air Force (RPAF) the base became RPAF Station Mauripur.

PAF Base Mauripur was renamed PAF Base Masroor in honour of former Base Commander, Air Commodore Masroor Hussain, who died in June 1967 [3] due to a bird strike on his aircraft. He managed to direct the burning aircraft away from a populated area before crashing.[citation needed]


Masroor base has the distinction of not only being the largest base, area wise, in Pakistan but also in Asia. Before Karachi Airport, this airport had been used for domestic flights and also by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. It is of immense strategic importance considering it has been entrusted upon the task of defending the coastal and Southern region of Pakistan. It houses the 32 Tactical Attack (TA) Wing which comprises four separate squadrons.

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