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461st Light Combat Aviation Squadron
461. eskadrila lake borbene avijacije
Active 1953 – 1968
1973 - 1981
Disbanded 1968
1981
Country  Yugoslavia
Branch Yugoslav Air Force
Type Squadron
Role Training
Light Combat
Part of 1st Air Corps
Garrison/HQ Pančevo

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).

History[edit | edit source]

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. It's personal and equipment were attached to the 525th Training Aviation Squadron.[3]

Assignments[edit | edit source]

Previous designations[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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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