April 21, 2024


Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, is the Capital City of West Bengal State. The city is home to the Indian Army Eastern Command, and once upon a time hosted the Headquarters for Eastern Air Command of the Indian Air Force as well.

The city has a significant IAF presence in the form of Barrackpore Air Force Station, one of the oldest stations in the IAF, operating transport units. Barrackpore was also home to several Spitfire Squadrons in the early 1950s. Several Spitfire airframes were salvaged from Barrackpore in the 1970s and 80s and are currently restored to flying status in the west.