The Bangladesh Air Force was officially constitutef
in 1972 after Bangladesh's War of Independence.
It started with a few left over aircrafts and equipments of the
Pakistan Air Force (mostly F-86 Sabres) augmented by other donated
equipment from India (C-47 Dakotas, DHC-3s and Aloutte Helicopters).
In spite of the lack of equipment, the nascent Bangladesh Air Force
had a good number of well-trained pilots who were in the Pakistan
Air Force and had distinguished themsleves in combat.
Currently the Air Force is mostly equipped with Chinese Air Craft
- A-5s and F-7s. It has recently acquired some Mig-29s from Russia.
There are 3 airbases:
- Bashar AB (Kurmitola and Tejgaon) near the capital Dhaka.
- Zahurul Haque AB in Chittagong.
- Matiur Rahman AB at Jessore.