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VT-SLG Taped up and standing on the apron at RGIA on a monsoon morning. This aircraft was built in 2006, serving previously with Ryanair and Nok Air. It joined the SpiceJet fleet in Jan. 2017. The aircraft at the rear is VT-SPU. (more of VT-SLG)
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VT-TNF Taxiing out to Rwy 19L at NSCBIA for a morning departure. (more of VT-TNF)
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VT-GMR Trainer belonging to Asia Pacific Flight Training Academy slowing down on the active at Begumpet in the evening. This all composite four seater comes equipped with a glass cockpit and a 135 hp diesel engine. (more of VT-GMR)
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E1043 Centrepiece of the static lineup on Air Force Day 2021, this Gnat commemorates the Golden Anniversary of the 1971 Indo-Pak War. Fittingly, the aircraft carries the Regn. E257 as a tribute to Fg Off Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon of No. 18 Sqn, the only airman to be posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for valor. Sekhon was on ORP at Srinagar on 14 Dec. 1971 when the airfield was attacked by six PAF Sabres. He scrambled as bombs were falling and engaged them despite the odds, before falling to the escort. (more of E1043)
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JS157 On static display on the 89th Air Force Day at Hindon AFS. Safe to say that the “Jag” is still a favorite sight for many, and the IAF is now the only operator in the world. Inducted in July 1979, the “Shamsher” initially equipped No. 14 Sqn. “Bulls” as a Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft (DPSA). It was used during IPKF ops in 1987 and Kargil in 1999. This DARIN III variant has been considerably upgraded with an Open System Architecture Mission Computer, EFIS, smart MFDs, radar, RWRs and other avionics. (more of JS157)
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LA-5017 On static display on the 89th Air Force Day at Hindon AFS. In keeping with the theme of ‘self-reliant and capable’, this Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard Tejas of No. 18 Sqn. “Flying Bullets” with an aerial refuelling probe comes loaded with 1200L droptanks, LGBs, R-73E missiles and a Litening III pod. Fg Offr Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon of No. 18 Sqn. “Flying Bullets” was awarded the IAF’s only Param Vir Chakra posthumously, India’s highest military award, after his defence of Srinagar in 1971. (more of LA-5017)
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VT-IZR Morning departure in front of RGIA’s 75m. ATC tower as 6E269 bound for Vadodara. (more of VT-IZR)
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IN431 Flying off Ramakrishna Beach. Alouette IIIs were ordered by the Indian Navy in 1962 but were requisitioned by the IAF during the Sino-Indian War. The Navy received its Alouette IIIs in 1964 and these formed a flight aboard INS Vikrant. Later, INAS 321 Angels was formed in 1969 and its Chetaks have been detached for SAR and liaison duties to ships and stations as required. A Chetak flight also served in Antarctica. At the time of this photo, the type had completed nearly 52 years in naval service. (more of IN431)
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C1174 On display at Yashwant Place at Chanakyapuri. Licence built by HAL, the FL was an improved version of the PF and similar to the PFM. The FL served the IAF well during the 1971 war and was succeeded by the M, MF and MiG-21bis versions. (more of C1174)
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VT-IVO On short final for Rwy 01R at NSCBIA on a winter morning as 6E6323 from Hyderabad. The aircraft was delivered as new to IndiGo on 23 July 2018. (more of VT-IVO)
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A6-EEA EK701 from Dubai on short final for Rwy 14 at Plaisance on a cloudy summer morning. (more of A6-EEA)
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NX37061 On display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, NASM. Designed by Frank N. Piasecki, the PV-2 was the second helicopter to be flown successfully in the USA. Weighing 454 kg, it was powered by a Franklin 90 hp engine. Piasecki was testing PV-2’s systems on April 11, 1943 when the tether broke and the helicopter became airborne. He had 14 hours of flying time in a Piper Cub, and so became his own helicopter test pilot. Piasecki was the first person in the US to qualify for a helicopter pilot’s license. (more of NX37061)
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VT-IUJ Parked at Gate D62 at IGIA T-3 in the afternoon, preparing for departure as 6E6186 to Mumbai. This aircraft was delivered as new to Indigo in Dec. 2019. (more of VT-IUJ)
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92-3883 (WW) BOURBON 1 rocketing off the runway as Capt. Jake Primo Impellizzeri starts his scintillating display in the afternoon at Aero India 2019. This PACAF Demo Team F-16 has been drawn from the 13th FS Panther Pack based at Misawa, Japan. (more of 92-3883)
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W1745 Hemmed in by lampposts, trees and hedges at Shaheed Smarak Park, Noida, this Iskra should be effectively camouflaged in a few years. The Iskra was inducted in the IAF in Oct. 1975 and served as a stage two trainer for many years for pilots selected for MiG squadrons. The Iskra jet training fleet was decommissioned from the IAF in 2004. (more of W1745)
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B888 Enjoying summer morning sunshine at IAF Museum Palam after exhibits inside the main hangar have been relocated. The length of the aircraft can be better appreciated outdoors. Six IAF squadrons flew the Su-7 in the ground-attack role from 1968 to 1986. (more of B888)
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JQ8501 On display at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum. Japan’s National Aerospace Laboratory converted a C-1 for STOL tests and to reduce the noise footprint. Four newly-built FJR710/600S turbofans were mounted on top and ahead of the wings to generate lift using the Coandă effect by upper surface blowing (USB) through vortex generators onto the flaps. The sole Asuka or ‘flying bird’ was retired in March 1989 after 97 flights and 167 flight hours, achieving 509m for takeoff and 449m for landing. (more of JQ8501)
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KC-3812 Super Hercules from No. 87 Sqn. Raiding Raptors on static display on a hot day at Aero India 2021. (more of KC-3812)
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VT-SGV Nigella on short final for Rwy 01R at NSCBIA as it arrives in the morning as SG820 from Port Blair. The aircraft was newly delivered to SpiceJet in Nov. 2011. (more of VT-SGV)
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62-3553 As the light fades, it’s an all-American affair on the far side of the ramp as the KC-135R of 909 ARS Young Tigers based at Kadena Air Base is pushed back after Aero India 2015 comes to an end on the last day. The R designation started in the 1980s as existing KC-135 engines were replaced with CFM-56 turbofans. Other American built aircraft visible on the ramp are the nose of an F-15D of 44th FS, a P-8A of VP-45 “Pelicans and C-17As of the USAF and IAF. (more of 62-3553)
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BS001 First in the IAF Rafale series of these multi-role combat aircraft from No. 17 Sqn. Golden Arrows rocketing into the air at Aero India 2021. This is the maiden participation of the Rafale at Aero India. The BS prefix is in honor of Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa to thank the former IAF Chief for his role in procuring the much-needed jets, the first of which arrived on 29 July 2020 at Ambala AFS and was received by Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff. (more of BS001)
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VT-ULX Ultralight in derelict condition at Jakkur Aerodrome. These were built at Corman Air Park, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and powered with a 65 hp engine with a MTOW of 194 kg. (more of VT-ULX)
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VT-KNP Attractive white bird taxiing past at Aero India 2021. This is HAL’S new civilian Do-228. With a view to promote Govt’s UDAN regional connectivity policy, the Hindi title Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik, translated as Let the Common Citizen of the Country Fly is displayed on the nose. The Hindi inscription at the rear translates as Made in India. Intended to carry 19 passengers, the aircraft has an AUW of 6200 kg and is equipped with five-bladed propellers for noise reduction and better performance. (more of VT-KNP)
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VT-CIE Morning arrival at NSCBIA as AI-1229 from Dhaka. (more of VT-CIE)
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A4O-DF Taxiing in at IGIA T-3 on a typically grey winter afternoon at Delhi as WY245 from Muscat. (more of A4O-DF)