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    Indian Air Force Museum Palam

    I am visiting New Delhi on business in the spring, and the Indian Air Force Museum is an obvious prime target during my spare time. I know where it is and when it is open, but I would appreciate any hints and tips from someone who has been there; for example is photography allowed?

    Is there anything else to look out for in the area in the way of interesting aeroplanes?

    Thanks for any help.

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    Steve,

    No restrictions on photography on my several visits over the years.

    Mark

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    Steve

    You may try some universities in the area. In the past some very exciting finds have been made there. Perhaps a Spitfire is lurking somewhere. I have seen photo's showing Spitfire and Hurricane wings lying in backyards.

    Give it a try

    Cheers

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    IAF Museum

    Hi Steve , any chance of taking some detailed shots inside and out of the Wapiti they have there , as it may help in identifing some of the wapiti parts i have.

    cheers Dave
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    Thanks for the helpful replies chaps. Dave, please PM me with more detail of what you need, rather then burdening this thread with it, and I will be more than happy to oblige.

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    It would be interesting to see a few of their Pushpak.

    Then you can come and have a go in BXTO to compare!!

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    Steve - contact Simon Watson at the Aviation Bookshop, as he has been there numerous times and has many contacts in the IAF. E.mail me if you need his contact details.
    Adrian

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    Steve,

    In March 06 there were 2 Spitfires based at the IAF museum. One is on display in a corner of the main hangar, next to the Hurricane. The second (airworthy?) example was visible through a crack in the door of another hangar. I was moved on by a soldier when trying to photograph this. Interesting if it's still there.

    The museum shop isn't up to much, but the 2p cup of chai in the 'cafe' is well worth the risk!

    On the road from downtown Delhi to the museum, you will probably drive past what I think is an Airforce college, which has a couple of aircraft on poles, but I didn't get the chance to identify these.


    Good luck!

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    Hi Steve,

    You will have a great time photographing the aircraft. For what its worth here is the list of aircraft

    Antonov-12 BL-727
    BAe Canberra B(I)58 IF-907
    Consolidated B-24 Liberator J HE-924
    Dassault Mystere IVa IA-1329
    Dassault Ouragan IC-554
    De Havilland DH82 Tigermoth HU-512*
    De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou BM-774*
    De Havilland Vampire FB52 IB-799*
    De Havilland Vampire NF10 ID-606
    Douglas Dakota C-47 IJ-302*
    Douglas Dakota C-47 IJ-817*
    Fairchild C-119 Packet IK-450
    HAL Gnat I IE-1059
    HAL Gnat II E-265*
    HAL Gnat II E-2016
    HAL HAOP-27 Krishak N-949
    HAL HF-24 Marut D-1205
    HAL HT-2 IX-732
    HAL HT-2 IX-737*
    Hawker Hunter F56 BA-263
    Hawker Hurricane II B AB-832
    Hawker Tempest II HA-623
    Illyushin-14 IL-860*
    MiG-21 FL C-499
    Mil Mi-4 BZ-900
    NA Harvard HT-291
    Percival Prentice IV-3381
    PZL TS-11 Iskra W-1757
    PZL TS-11 Iskra W-1758
    Sikorsky S55C IZ-1590
    Sukhoi-7 BMK B-888
    Supermarine Spitfire VIII NH-631*
    Supermarine Spitfire XVIII HS-986
    Tupolev-124 V-644
    Westland Lysander 1589
    Westland Wapiti K-813
    Yokosuka MXY-7 Baka -NA-
    MiG-25 R KP-355



    Those marked with * are not accessible for the public

    Additionally - in and around Delhi, you have the following aircraft on display


    Dassault Mystere IVa IA-1009 Near Old Bus Stand, Delhi.
    Dassault Mystere IVa IA-1016 Subroto Park, WAC HQ, Delhi
    De Havilland DH85 Pussmoth VT-AKH Preserved at Delhi Flying Club, Safdarjung
    De Havilland Vampire FB52 -NA- Airforce School, Subroto Park, Delhi
    Douglas Dakota DC-3 VT-AUT BSF No Wings, No Engines at Palam Airport
    Douglas Dakota DC-3 VT-CTV National Airports Authoritiy - Unused at Palam Airport
    HAL Gnat -NA- Airforce Bal Bharati School, Delhi
    HAL Gnat -NA- Traffic Training Park Punjabi Bagh
    HAL Gnat I IE-1061 Subroto Park, WAC HQ, Delhi
    HAL Gnat I IE-1071 Officers Mess, Air HQ, Delhi
    HAL Gnat I IE-1205 Vayu Bhavan, Delhi
    HAL Gnat II IE-246 Vayu Bhavan, Delhi
    HAL Gnat II E-254 Pragathi Maidan Exhibition
    HAL Gnat II E-1975 Vayu Bhavan, Delhi
    HAL HF-24 Marut D-1274 Officers Mess, Air HQ, Delhi
    Hawker Hunter F56 BA-241 Modern School, Delhi
    Hawker Hunter F56a A-941 Subroto Park, WAC HQ, Delhi
    Hawker Hunter F56a A-1012 Army complex, Bhikaji Cama Place Near Hyatt Regency
    Hawker Hunter T66 S-574 DGNCC Office
    Illyushin-14 -NA- South of Palam Airfield
    MiG-21 FL C-1168 Pragathi Maidan Exhibition
    MiG-21 Bis C-2284 Officers Mess, Air HQ Delhi
    Sukhoi-7 BMK B-747 Gate Guardian AFS Hindon Outside Delhi
    Sukhoi-7 BMK B-909 Army Public School, Delhi

    Have a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by APC104 View Post
    Steve,

    In March 06 there were 2 Spitfires based at the IAF museum. One is on display in a corner of the main hangar, next to the Hurricane. The second (airworthy?) example was visible through a crack in the door of another hangar. I was moved on by a soldier when trying to photograph this. Interesting if it's still there.
    Interesting that in March 2005 the officer in charge of the Museum didn't seem to be aware of the proximity of the 'historic flight' in the adjacent hangar and I assumed there had been some movement - obviously not.

    It is doubtful that the Spitfire has flown in the past 15 years.

    This shot taken 5 June 1991 on a previous visit.

    Mark


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    Slightly further afield, we're off to Goa next week. Is the Naval Aviation Musuem at Bogmalai Beach near Dabolim worth a visit ?
    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by EN830 View Post
    Slightly further afield, we're off to Goa next week. Is the Naval Aviation Musuem at Bogmalai Beach near Dabolim worth a visit ?

    it worth a wander around, probably an hour max.. hope you dont have to push your taxi part of the way like I did!!

    Neil

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    Thanks again everybody.

    Low and Slow - I just might hold you to that!

    Albert - yes please for those contact details.

    Regards, Steve

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    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I have an opportunity to visit this museum in early November during a business trip and wondered if anyone had successfully managed to arrange a visit to either the historic flight hangar and/or transportation aircraft? I'd be happy to make a donation if such visits can be arranged.

    Cheers
    Dave

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    Out of interest have a look to see if the Hurricane has been dismantled yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Burke View Post
    Out of interest have a look to see if the Hurricane has been dismantled yet!
    Not yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta Golf View Post
    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I have an opportunity to visit this museum in early November during a business trip and wondered if anyone had successfully managed to arrange a visit to either the historic flight hangar and/or transportation aircraft? I'd be happy to make a donation if such visits can be arranged.

    Cheers
    Dave
    With the current security issues that would not be easy.

    It is late in the day but I would contact the British Defence Attache at our Embassy in New Delhi.

    Mark.

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    Lberator

    There was a liberator there in 1990,what happened to it?

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    It was there when I visited in Feb 2005

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    Thanks for the advice Mark, I'll follow up with the attache

    Cheers
    Dave

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