21 Air Base Swidwin 1999 - ...

Karków 2019-06-17

21 Tactical Air Base

21 Tactical Air Base in Świdwin


The 11t Air Base functioned in the period of 2000. - 2003.

The 21st Air Base was created by changing the number from 11 BLot to 21 BLot. It operated in the period of 2003. - 2010.

The 21st Tactical Air Base was created by combining 8 ELT, 40 ELT and 21 Air Base. It has been operating since 2010. There was a prospect of liquidation of the unit after the withdrawal from operation of Su-22 aircraft, i.e. in 2015. - 2018 This was not done because the Su-22 planes were still being renovated. In 2019, information appeared that the Lockheed Martin F-35 planes can be based here.

The emblem the 21st Air Base
The emblem the 21st Air Base

Until 1999, the 40th Regiment of Fighter and Bomber Aviation operated in Świdwin. The regiment was armed with Sukhoi Su-22 planes. On July 15, 1999, on the basis of the 40th Regiment, the 11th Air Base was created and the 40th Tactical Aviation Squadron. The changes were made on the basis of the ordinance of Ministry of National Defense No. 74 / Org of July 15, 1999 and the order of the Commander of the 2nd Air Corps No PF 57 of August 26, 1999.

However, on January 1, 2002, the 11th Air Base was renamed the 21st Air Base. The base in Świdwin secured the operation of the 39th Squadron and the 40th Squadron. Soon, the 39th Squadron was demaged. Then the 21. Base began to secure the operation of the 7th Squadron, transferred from Powidza to Świdwin.

Pursuant to the decision of Ministry of National Defense No. 36 / MON of February 17, 2005, the branch was celebrated on May 25.

On July 1, 2010, the 21st Air Base was renamed the 21st Tactical Air Base. The Base included the 40th Squadron, the 7th Squadron and the 8th Squadron (moved from Miroslawiec).

The 21. Base in Świdwin is under the 1st Tactical Aviation Wing. The 1st Wing of the Tactical Airforce includes: 22. Base in Malbork and 23rd. Base in Mińsk Mazowiecki. The wing is armed with Su-22 and MiG-29 planes. The main task of the 21st Tactical Air Base in Świdwin is the service of the Tactical Aviation Escorts.

By decision of Ministry of National Defense No. 499 / MON of December 28, 2010, the Base inherits traditions: 40th Fighter Regiment (1951-1971), 86th Battalion of Communications (1968-1998), 47th Mobile Repair Workshops (1951-1957), 47th Field Aviation Workshops (1957-1999), 28th Mobile Car Repair Workshop (1966-1999), 19th Radio-technical Battalion (1968-1995), 40th Fighter-Aviation Regiment (1971-1982), 48th Air Force Squadron (1978-1990), 1st Command Center Combat Aviation Army (1978-1983), 40th Fighter and Bomber Regiment (1982-1999), 1st Combat Command Center of the Front Air Forces (1983-1990), 1st Combat Aviation Command Center (1990-1995), 1st Aviation Command Center ( 1995-2001), 8th Tactical Aviation Squadron (2000-2010), 39th Tactical Aviation Squadron (2000-2003), 40th Tactical Aviation Squadron (2000-2010), 11th Air Base (2000-2002), 21st Air Base (2000- 2010).

The 21st Tactical Air Base inherited the banner after the 21st Air Base. The celebration of the branch is celebrated on 1 July.

Commanders 21st Base: gen.bryg.pil. Ireneusz Starzyński (2010 - May 15, 2015), Col. dipl. Karol Jędraszczyk (June 16, 2015 - ...).

Currently (2019) in the 21st Bowie Aviation Tactical Su-22 aircraft are grouped in two squadrons. Etat is 32 planes. In fact, there are about 40 aircraft. The Świdwin airport is the only one in Poland where Su-22 planes are stationed. Su-22 planes are gradually finishing their service life. The prospect was that already in the period 2015-2018 the Base will be liquidated. Because Su-22 planes are being renovated in Bydgoszcz they are kept in service. For the 21st Base is the prospect of acquiring new combat aircraft Lockheed Martin F-35 A.

Written by Karol Placha Hetman