Mumbai to get its very own MiG 27 fighter plane

A.V.

New Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2009
Messages
6,503
Likes
1,132
MUMBAI: The MiG-27 may be mired in controversy with the Indian Air Force’s decision to ground its fleet of the Russian fighters earlier this year, but the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) may have a novel use for the plane. The IAF central command in Delhi donated an airframe of one of its MiGs to the municipal body with a request that it be installed at the Horniman Circle Gardens, Fort.

The glitch, however, is the 12,081 sq yard of park space is a notified Grade Two heritage precinct and any such move would need a nod from the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC). The proposal will be tabled before the MHCC on Thursday for approval. But it will not be the first aircraft exhibit in Mumbai: Diamond Gardens, Chembur has a similar installation.

Meanwhile, the BMC has already started looking for alternatives. Several traffic islands in South Mumbai including Vasudev Balwant Phadke Marg and Shyam Prasad Mukherji Chowk are the top contenders.

“The heavy green cover at Horniman may hinder a person’s view of the plane. So, we have kept two other options ready if the original location does not get a nod from the MHCC,’’ said a senior BMC official.

The IAF grounded its fleet after a MiG crashed in Siliguri, West Bengal in February this year, but the donation of this airframe—constructed mostly of titanium and high-strength aluminium alloys—is being given away as part of IAF’s regular image-building exercise, said officials. The length of a regular MIG-27 frame is 56ft length, and it stands 16ft tall.
“This particular aircraft may have been decommissioned because of its old age. But instead of simply disposing of it, we have donated it as an exhibit. It could be a good tourist attraction for Mumbai,’’ said Captain Manohar Nambiar, Chief PRO, Defence (Western Region).

The custom of donating reputed carriers, aircraft and tanks has become a part of city’s beautification efforts. The state government is now thinking of turning INS Vikrant, the first aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy that was decommissioned on January 31, 1997, into a museum. The ship played a key role in the Indo-Pak war in 1997.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...-MiG-27-fighter-plane/articleshow/5772180.cms
 

tarunraju

Sanathan Pepe
Mod
Joined
Sep 18, 2009
Messages
7,645
Likes
25,940
Country flag
Indo-Pak war in 1997, where Vikrant played a role?

We have Pakistani tanks captured in 1971 kept as the Army's trophies all over Hyderabad. Secunderabad Cantt has a few, Artillery Centre has one IIRC, but outside cantonment areas, the Army placed a Pakistani tank at Hussein Sagar. Some think that's where Hussein Sagar got its nickname of "Tank Bund", although it is a "tank" (technically), and has a "bund" (near the Marriot hotel).
 
Last edited:

Global Defence

New threads

Articles

Top