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Chengdu F-7A 0204 was based at Zadrima.
(photo, Andy Cela)


Aviation Regiment 4010 (5646 Regiment)
Role: Fighter

Aviation Regiment 4010 was first established on 25(15?) March 1974, upon the completion of construction of this air base. Regt 4010 was formerly known as 5646 Regt, before it was renumbered in the early 1990s. The unit eventually comprised three squadrons. It was tasked with defending Albanian airspace from intrusions by aircraft from Yugoslavia. The base was closed circa 2000.

1 Skuadrilja
Interceptor fighter.
This squadron was previously attached to 4020 Regt at Tiranė-Rinas, until 4010 Regt was established. During 1978-1990 the squadron served as the F-7 pilot training unit. In 2000 the surviving FT-5s and the two remaining operational F-7s were moved to Rinas and the rest put into storage.
Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Shenyang FT-56May 1976 - 2000 8-08,8-09,8-31
Chengdu F-711May 1976 - 2000 0202,0207,0304

2 Skuadrilja
Interceptor fighter, later ground attack.
This unit appears to have received aircraft from the last batch of F-6s delivered in 1971, including some late production F-6C variants. In 2000 the F-6s were put into storage.
Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Shenyang F-612March 1974 - 2000 8-01,8-03,8-13,8-23

3 Skuadrilja
Ground attack.
This unit appears to have received aircraft from the last batch of F-6s delivered in 1971, including some late production F-6C variants. It was previously based at Kucova with 4030 Regt. Surviving F-6s were stored in 2000.
Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Shenyang F-6?16 Oct 1976 - 2000 ?


Air Bases:
Base Duration
Lezhė-Zadrima (Gjadėr) March 1974 - 2000


Unit Insignia:
Figure 1
 

References:

  • Air Forces Monthly April 2004


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