Google Earth: Iranian Air Power
I’ve browsed through the many Iranian air bases looking for interesting stuff. Depends what you find interesting I guess. For the most part Iranian
bases have numerous hardened aircraft shelters and it seems that their aircraft are kept in these most of the time with few active combat aircraft
being caught in the open by the satellite.
, 35 41 19.42N 51 18 46.67E.
A huge base used mostly for transport aircraft such as the C-130 and An-74, Boeing 707 & 747 and an assortment of other types. Two F-4 Phantom II can
There is also what appears to be a semi-permanent SAM emplacement there:
, 38 07 44.99N 46 14 24.97E. – not clearly visible.
, 35 12 37.58N 48 39 12.60E.
Reportedly an F-4 Phantom II base, the only aircraft I could find here were a bunch of ex-Iraqi Su-22 Fitter Strike fighters which are not reported to
be in use.
, 32 25 57.28N 48 24 07.66E. – not clearly visible.
, 30 49 51.88N 49 32 35.26E.
Reportedly a base for F-7 Fishbed (Chinese version of MiG-21) fighters, there are no combat aircraft to be seen.
, 28 56 45.66N 50 49 42.15E.
Another well maintained base with many hardened aircraft shelters, few aircraft can be seen in the open. Two F-14A Tomcat fighters are in evidence
though as is a mysterious swept wing jet:
, 29 32 11.24N 52 35 18.26E.
The star of this show is an Il-76 with AWACs type radome. Possibly an A-50 “Mainstay”(?), it is more likely an ex-Iraq AEW conversion and appears
to be missing an engine. There are also Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft and P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, as well as numerous c-130 and other
assorted transports and helicopters.
There are also 11 Su-24 Fencer strike aircraft in the open on the southwest side of the base:
, 32 44 49.36N 51 51 17.62E. – not clearly visible.
Bandar Abbas AB
, 27 12 58.83N 56 22 50.43E
Reportedly a base for F-4 Phantom IIs, I am unable to find any combat aircraft in the open.
, 25 26 41.87N 60 22 55.10E.
The only combat aircraft I found was a single F-4 Phantom II in a scramble position:
Ghale Morqhi AB
, 35 38 35.80N 51 23 05.73E.
An active helicopter and light aircraft base with numerous Heuy, Mi-8 etc.
, 35 41 46.69N 51 28 32.97E. No combat aircraft in sight.
, 29 28 27.46N 60 54 40.94E.
This one appears to be a civilian base with only secondary military infrastructure. The key item of interest is an SA-2 “Guideline” SAM system:
, 36 15.73N 59 38 38.15E.
An An-72 Coaler tactical transport can be seen on the runway and a mix of Mirage F-1 (ex-Iraqi but in service with Iran) and F-5 Tiger II fighters can
, 34 20 47.10N 47 09 23.70E
Only a single civilian aircraft seen but the whole north of the airfield is one gigantic fixed SAM battery:
, 30 15 57.77N 56 57 34.33E. –Not clearly visible.
Masjed Soleiman AB
, 31 59 54.86N 49 16 16.67E. –Not clearly visible.