News and Features

News and Features

More about the C-47 Dakota being gifted to the Indian Air Force by the son of a distinguished IAF veteran.  Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament and son of Air Commodore M K Chandrasekhar, has done what has previously been unheard off - donate an airworthy vintage aircraft to the IAF's heritage flight. This is a report of the initial rumours, efforts and how the story unfolded.

An IAF Gnat  in California is all set to be repainted in its original colours - to honour its original heritage! The "Red Arrows" Gnat at March Field Museum is being stripped off its incorrect paint scheme..

A news report by Kalyan Ray in Deccan Herald confirms a rumour that has been going for the past couple of years. That the IAF Vintage Flight will soon be presented with an airworthy Dakota that was purchased in UK by a private party. This reports now reveals who the benefactor is, and what was done.

The Tigermoth takes to the air at Hindon in formation flight with a Stearman biplane flown by an interprid British Lady aviator.

Dakota VT-AUM lying at the Birlagram Airport at Nagda, Ujjain had been auctioned off to pay for the banktrupcy of the Birla Company that owned it. The aircraft thankfully is not going to be scrapped, but rather allocated for preservation with a technical training college.

083For those who missed the October 8th Indian Air Force Day celebrations, it was notable for the first flight of the Harvard and the Tigermoth together - forming part of the IAF Vintage flight. All the aircraft were being flown by Indian Test Pilots belonging to the ASTE.

Desert Corps War Museum at Jaisalmer is a a War Museum conceived and constructed by the Desert Corps was dedicated to the Nation by Lieutenant General Ashok Singh, GOC-in-C, Southern Command on 24 August 2015

Harvard HT-291 takes to the air in India, the first time in 28 years that a Harvard had flown in our skies!.The last time an Indian Air Force Harvard took to the air was in 1988. Now after a span of 28 years, Harvard IIb HT-291 of the Vintage Aircraft Flight took to the air at Hindon yesterday, 18th June 2015. HT-291 had been grounded with the vintage flight for many decades, even though the engine was run on the ground in 1997. 

Every once in a while I take stock of where we are in terms of the Warbird Census that this site maintains. Here is an analysis at the end of 2014.

As of today, the Warbirds Census lists 528 aircraft overall. This list has been trimmed by removing atleast a dozen airframes which were previously reported as derelicts or wrecks - because of the unpredictability of their long term existence.


Cyclone Hud Hud has wreaked havoc when it made land-fall at Visakhapatnam. These rather sad and painful photographs shows the damage to the Sea Hawk at the Victory at Sea Memorial in Visakhapatnam.

Bangladesh B29 Relics04Reporting from Bangladesh, M Dawood Karim David shared the following images of an aircraft wreckage fished out off the Kutubdia Channel in Bangladesh, off Kutubdia island near Chittagong. Initially reported as a B-24, it was correctly pointed out by Matt Poole, a researcher from Maryland, US, that the double wheels on the undercarraige legs resembled a B-29 Super Fortress than a B-24 Liberator. 


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