461st Light Combat Aviation Squadron

The 461st Light Combat Aviation Squadron (Serbo-Croatian: 461. eskadrila lake borbene avijacije / 461. ескадрила лаке борбене авијације) was an aviation squadron of Yugoslav Air Force formed in 1953 at Niš airfield as Training Squadron of 29th Aviation Division (Serbo-Croatian: Trenažna eskadrila 29. vazduhoplovne divizije / Тренажна ескадрила 29. ваздухопловне дивизије).

461st Light Combat Aviation Squadron
461. eskadrila lake borbene avijacije
Active1953 – 1968
1973 - 1981
Disbanded1968
1981
Country Yugoslavia
BranchYugoslav Air Force
TypeSquadron
RoleTraining
Light Combat
Part of1st Air Corps
Garrison/HQPančevo

History

Squadron was part of 29th Aviation Division. It was equipped with US-made F-47D Thunderbolt fighter-bombers and Yugoslav-made Ikarus Aero 2 trainers.[1]

In 1959 due the Drvar reorganization this squadron has become Light Combat Aviation Squadron of 3rd Air Command (Serbo-Croatian: Vazduhoplovna eskadrila lake borbene avijacije 3. vazduhoplovne komande / Ваздухопловна ескадрила лаке борбене авијације 3. ваздухопловне команде).[2]

Squadron was again renamed and renumbered in April 1961 as 461st Light Combat Aviation Squadron. In same year new Soko 522 trainer aircraft have been introduced replacing older Thunderbolts and Aero 2 aircraft. By order from June 8, 1968, it has been disbanded. It was reestablished by order from March 7, 1973, at Pančevo airfield as part of 98th Aviation Brigade. Soko 522 trainers were replaced with Utva 66 liaison aircraft and Soko J-20 Kraguj counter-insurgency aircraft during the 1976 and 1977. Squadron has become independent under 1st Air Corps in 1978 by order from November 1976.

461st Squadron has been disbanded by order from November 16, 1981. Its personnel and equipment were attached to the 525th Training Aviation Squadron.[3]

Assignments

Previous designations

  • Training Squadron of 29th Aviation Division (1953-1959)
  • Light Combat Aviation Squadron of 3rd Air Command (1959–1961)
  • 461st Light Combat Aviation Squadron (1961-1981)

Bases stationed

Equipment

References

  1. Dimitrijević, Bojan. Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo 1942-1992. Beograd, 2006, p. 365.
  2. Dimitrijević, Bojan. Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo 1942-1992. Beograd, 2006, p. 366.
  3. Dimitrijević, Bojan. Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo 1942-1992. Beograd, 2006, p. 370.
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