14 May to 12 July 1954 RPAF Station Samungli was commanded
by Major Sikandar Khan of Pak Army. On 13 July 1954 it was
taken over by Squadron Leader K M Akbar. Soon thereafter, a
G C Wing was established at the base and Major Sikandar Khan
became OC G C Wing.
On I June 1957 the annual Shaheen Air Training Corps camp
was officially inaugurated at RPAF Samungli. Squadron Leader
J Z Mikulski was appointed OC and was assisted by Flying
Officer A Hanif, and Sergeants Sabir, Zahoor and Hussain.
During June 1957, the SATC wings from Dacca, Sargodha, Drigh
Road and Chaklala participated in the camp. They were
followed in July by the wings from Lahore and Peshawar.
On 19 October 1970, the Care and Maintenance (C&M) Party
Samungli was redesignated as PAF Base, Samungli with a
proposed location of 2 squadrons by 1974. Between 1970 and
1978 fighter squadrons from Masroor, Sargodha and Peshawar
spent several weeks of summer months each year at Samungli.
Summer camps for college students were also held annually at
the base to make the youth air minded. Until the first
fighter squadron became permanently based at Samungli, a
fire power and close air support demonstration used to be
held every summer for the students of the Quetta Staff
College, by squadrons assigned from different air bases of
the country. The biggest of these demonstrations was held in
September 1976 when the participants comprised Nos. 5, 7,
11, 15 and 18 Squadrons. The practice continues but most of
the air effort is now generated from Samungli itself. PAF
Base Samungli remained a satellite base till 31 March 1978;
thereafter, No 23 Squadron moved there on permanent
deployment. In due course, it also became the home base of
No 17 Squadron and No 31 Wing was formed in May 1983 with
the two squadrons. The development of air defence units at
the base started in 1981 when HQ No 4 Sector and its
component units moved into the area as a consequence of the
Before 1981 the officers' mess of the base was housed in a
small hut-type building. Similarly, the SNCO's and airmen's
mess were located in old WW II barracks. New messes as well
as domestic accommodation and a 20-bed hospital were
completed by the end of 1981.
An unusual event occurred on 26 May 1981 when an Mi-8
gunship helicopter of the Afghan Air Force was hijacked from
Quandhar to Samungli by Captain Jamal-ud-Din of the AAF,
with flight engineer Lieutenant Faisal Khan and the pilot's
After 23 Squadron was assigned its new air superiority role
its colour presentation was held at the base on 15 May 1982.
Lieutenant General Rahim-ud-Din Khan, Governor of
Baluchistan, reviewed the parade and presented the colour.