Indian Air Force plans to fly refitted vintage aircraft.

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    Indian Air Force plans to fly refitted vintage aircraft.

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    A Tiger Moth​.

    They ruled the skies when flying had just taken off. But in this supersonic era of military aviation, the Indian Air Force is trying to get some of its old birds back in air.

    Vintage flying may be popular abroad, but for India, it is a new beginning. The IAF has one of the largest collections of vintage aircraft in the world.

    Two of these aircraft, the Tiger Moth - a bi-plane basic trainer of the 1940s - and Harvard, an advanced trainer used in the Fifties and Sixties, are being restored in the UK for the IAF. The latest on the project is that the two aircraft should become air worthy by April or May, IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Gerard Galway said.

    It might sound simple but getting these birds off the ground again was a gigantic task considering that it hadn't been attempted in the country earlier.

    Some of these aircraft were flying till a Mirage combat jet crashed during the annual Indian Air Force Day show in New Delhi. Stringent safety measures were announced and flight displays of single-engine aircraft before the public was banned. Coming just after the first formal vintage flying wing in the IAF came into existence, the move marked the end of such flights. Most of these aircraft were single-engined.

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    Vampire was the first 'jet' airplane in the IAF inventory. It is planned for full restoration.
    Nearly 20 years later, Wing Commander Mukesh Sharma, a young aeronautical engineer with a passion for flying, started work on a Tiger Moth in 2007. In three months, the IAF officer and his team managed to fire up the engine of the ancient bird, which was housed at the IAF museum in New Delhi. Mike Edwards, a commercial pilot with a keen interest in vintage flying, also contributed in the initial stages.

    WITHIN a year, the IAF was ready with an elaborate plan to restore old aircraft in a phased manner. The Tiger Moth and a Harvard were selected for the first phase and sent to the UK. The second phase will see the restoration of the Hurricane, the Spitfire, the Lysander and the Tempest. In the final phase, the Wapiti - the IAF's first aircraft - would be revived to fly again. All phases are expected to be completed in 15 years.

    After making them flight worthy, the IAF can use them in a number of ways. One proposal was to use them on the lines of the Battle of Britain​ memorial flights which is considered to be the Royal Air Force of UK's tribute to the World War II​ aviators. They can also be flown at the Aero India show or the passing out parades of various military, paramilitary or civil services academies.

    The Tiger Moth and the Harvard were chosen first as they are perhaps the easiest and cheapest to restore. A Tiger Moth can be had for around Rs.1 crore in the vintage market and a Harvard could come for Rs.2.5 crore.


    Indian Air Force plans to fly refitted vintage aircraft : North News - India Today
     
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    and this is because of???? hobby? or they are really short of planes
     
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    Well you can call it hobby - then suryakiran is hobby too. On the other hand it is shows and displays like these that inspire people to become pilots and airforce personnel. You can think of this as a human resource development exercise on the part of IAF.
     
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    Here's the Vampire with IAF rondels.

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    Here is the Harvard.

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    Indian Air Force | Images [www.bharat-rakshak.com]
     
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    Typhoon and Spitfire pleases..
     
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    well afterseeing the IAF junking the 1971 war heroes, i thought these planes were junked long back. hmm.. IAF is not that insane
     
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    Indian Air Force Spitfires - Polly Singh

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    IAF Dornier bomber! (Just fantasy.)

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    Can't find IAF Typhoon, only Hawker Tempest.
     
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    Typhoon or Toofani? I am not sure IAF ever flew a Hawker Typhoon in it's own colors.
     
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    My bad, tempests..
     
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    I am glad, these machines are not thrown in trash can..
     
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    by the way, who was the best fighter pilot of the IAF in WW2 and how many kills did he achieve???
     
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    IAF Tempest

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    The Hawker Tempest II in Indian Air Force Service - Polly Singh [www.bharat-rakshak.com]
     
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