Milenko Pavlović Air Base
Авио-база Миленко Павловић
Avio-baza Milenko Pavlović
|Airport type||Military air base|
|Operator||Serbian Air Force|
|In use||1951 - present|
|Elevation AMSL||282 ft / 86 m|
Milenko Pavlović Air Base (Serbian: Аеродром Миленко Павловић / Aerodrom Milenko Pavlović) (IATA: BJY, ICAO: LYBT) is a military air base in Serbia. The airport is located between Batajnica and Nova Pazova, about 25 km northwest from the center of Belgrade. Batajnica is the only airport in Serbia with two runways.
Construction of the airbase started in 1947 and was completed in 1951, when the airbase was officially opened. The purpose of the airbase was to protect the capital from attack. One grass and two asphalted runways are used. It was known as 177th Air Base, which was its name until the 2006 reorganization.
Milenko Pavlović airbase was home of 204th Fighter-Aviation regiment, 138th Transport-Aviation Regiment and other units of Yugoslav Air Force.
During the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia the airbase was heavily bombed for 25 days and sustained heavy damage.
In June 2006, two USAF F-16 fighter jets, visited Milenko Pavlović airbase. It was the first official visit of USAF aircraft in more than 20 years and the first since the bombing.
Serbian Air Force units operating from Milenko Pavlović Air Base:
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