32 Air Base Łask 2001-...

Kraków 2019-06-17

32 Tactical Air Base

32 Tactical Air Base in Łask


The emblem the 32nd Air Base in Łask
The emblem the 32nd Air Base in Łask

By 2000, the 10th Regiment of Fighter Aviation was stationed at the Łask Airport. The regiment used MiG-21 hunting aircraft. On January 1, 2001, the regiment was transformed into the 32nd Air Base and the 10th Tactical Aviation Squadron.

In 2003, Poland decided to purchase 48 Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft. The Polish Army decided that three squadrons would be created from these planes: 3. Squadron in Krzesiny, 6th Squadron in Powidz and 10th Squadron in Łask. Finally, in Krzesiny, the 3rd Squadron and the 6th Squadron were located. The Powidz airport was intended for transport aviation.

In 2003, MiG-21 aircraft were decommissioned. Temporarily, pilots used PZL TS-11 Iskra aircraft. Lockheed Martin F-16 planes were delivered to Poland from November 2006. Airplanes were provided with a direct flight from the USA to Europe (USAF base in Germany), using air refueling. After the last technical inspection, the planes were rebuffed to the Krzesiny Airport. Initially, Polish pilots were training in the USA.

On January 1, 2010, the 32nd Air Base was transformed into the 32nd Tactical Air Base and included in it the 10th Squadron.

Commanders of the 32nd Tactical Air Base: Col. pil. Dariusz Malinowski (January 1, 2010 - December 29, 2011), Col. pil. Krystian Zięć (January 16, 2012 - January 31, 2014), Col. pil. Ireneusz Nowak (February 1, 2014 - May 15, 2016), Col. pil. Rafał Zadencki (September 30, 2016 - June 16, 2017), Col. pil. Tomasz Jatczak (June 11, 2018 - ...).

Written by Karol Placha Hetman