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Gweru-Thornhill Air Base

Gweru-Thornhill Air Base (IATA: GWE, ICAO: FVTL) is one of the two main air bases of the Air Force of Zimbabwe located near the central city of Gweru,

Thornhill Air Base is home to air force fighter squadrons and the Pilot Training School. According to Janes Defence Weekly of 6 September 2006 a US$41.5m simulation center was being established. A full range of amenities and services, which include workshops, transport fleets, equipment depots, and accommodation, sporting and entertainment facilities, support the base. The Gweru Thornhill VOR-DME (Ident: VTL) and non-directional beacons (Idents: TL and TI) are located on the field.

It is home to these squadrons:

  • No. 2 Squadron (Cobra) - for advanced jet training and close air support. Operates 12 K-8s.
  • No. 4 Squadron (Hornet) - equipped with Cessna FTB337G and O-2A
  • No. 5 Squadron (Arrow) - interceptor/fighter role with Chengdu F-7 II/IIN and Guizhou FT-7BZ.
  • No. 6 Squadron (Tiger) - with SF-260M, SF-260TP and SF-260W
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