Delhi city is having many museums like Metro museum, Rail museum, Doll museum and many other, one of it is Indian Air force (IAF) museum.
IAF museum is at Palam which is around 16 km from New Delhi Railway station and can take more than 45 minutes to reach there by any means of transport.
In IAF museum all those aircraft and technologies used during different wars been took place are showcased. Apart from this, pictures showing the war scenario and stories of brave pilots and the flight formation which were used during the wars are kept. Documents like flight plans during war, different pilot costumes and pilot accessories of different eras, different war weapons and the armaments used are showcased too.
Some of been tried to cover.
Country of manufacture: India (Hal)
Period of operation in IAF: 1965-1977
Type/Role: One 225 HP Continental, six cylinder piston engine
Performance: Max speed 210 kmph. Range 805 kms.
Four seater indigenously produced Krishak, replaced the old Aluster, which led to the raising of a number of AOP squadrons and independent flights in the western sector. During the Ind-Pak conflict 1971, it provided invaluable direction to artillery in the face of strong enemy air action and ground fire.
WAPITI (MK II A)
Country of manufacture: UK (Westland)
Period of operation in IAF: 1933-1942
Type/Roll: A two seater multirole plane
Engine: One 550 HP Bristo Jupiter piston engine.
Armament: One fixed Vickers machine gun on port side and one Lewis machine gun in the rear cockpit. 580 lbs bombs.
Performance: Max speed 225 kmph. Range 580 kms. It was IAF’s first aircraft on which the pioneer were trained. Took active part during first two years of World War II, performed a variety of tasks ie, escort of convoys anti-submarine patrol, rem close support strafing and bombing, it was called “old work horse”.
Country of manufacture: UK (Hawker Co)
Period of operation in IAF: 1957
Type/Role: Single seat fighter/ground attack aircraft.
Engine: one Rolls Royce Avon single shaft turbo jet.
Performance: Max speed 1150 kmph supersonic in a shallow dive.
Armament: Four 30 mm Aden cannons with 600 rounds can carry bombs and rockets under its wings. Hunter, a subsonic jet aircraft has been extensively used in operation Vijay (Police action in Goa) in 1961 and Indo-Pak conflict in 1965 and 1971. It formed IAF’s aerobatic team the famous Thunderbolts.
MYSTERE MK IV A
Country of manufacture: France
Period of operation in IAF: 1957-1976
Type/Role: Single seat interceptor fighter bomber.
Engine: One Hispano Suiza Verdon 350 turbojet.
Performance: Max speed 580 k 0.9 mach. could fly supersonic in a shallow dive.
Armament: Two 30 mm cannons with 150 rounds, and two 68 mm internal rocket pack two 68 mm rocket pod each with 19 rockets or two 100 lbs rockets. The mystere replaced “Toofanis” in India usefully employed in Goa in 1961. Carried out excellent strikes and ground attacks during Indo-Pak conflict of 1965 & 1971 against enemy strong points, fuel dumps and communication centres.
Country of manufacture: India (Hal)
Period of operation in IAF: 1967-1983
Engine: Two Rolls Royce Orpheus-703 single shaft turbojet engines.
Type/Role: single seat strike/ground attack fighter aircraft
Performance: max speed 1135 kmph
Armaments: four 30 mm Aden Cannons, each with 131 rounds. Retractable Matra launcher with fifty X 68 mm rockets, or 4 X 1000 lbs bombs. Marut (spirit of the wind) was India’s first home designed combat jet fighter. With its formidable armament, it distinguished itself in the acid test of war during the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict. It formed an integral part of the IAF’s strike force of the seventies.
FORD SALOON CAR
Engine: 390 V-B Engine with 315 Bhp at 4600 rpm (8 cylinder powerful engine) Ford car (1967 model) manufactured by M/s. Ford car company of USA was inducted into Indian Air Force on 30th July 1969. This car had the distinction of carrying Air Chief Marshal PC Lal, DFC in 1969 and subsequent Air chiefs till 1992, Air chief Marshal NC Suri PVSM AVSM VM ADC presented this car to Air Force Museum on 10th Jun 1993.
Country of manufacture: Japan
First flown: Sep 44
Type/Role: A piloted missile for suicide (Kami kaze) attack.
Engine: 3 or 4 Mki, model 20, rocket engine of 1783 lbs thrust for 8-10 seconds.
Performance: Launching height 27000 ft. it could glide 50 miles at 250 mph with rocket power.
War head: 2648 lbs
The Ohka (Cherry Blossom) model-II was normally carried semi externally in the bomb bay of a Mitsubishi G-4 M-2 launched in the proximity of the target it was guided onto the target at a speed of 620 mph. this missile sank 34 and damaged 228 US ships in the pacific.
Country of manufacture: UK (Folland)
India (Hal under licence)
Period of operation in IAF: 1958-1991
Type/Role: Single seat interceptor/air defence and ground attack fighter.
Engine: One Bristol siddely
Performance: Max speed 695 kmph
Armament: Two 30 mm Aden cannons
A single seat fighter or fighter bomber. It served with great distinction in both 1965 & 1971 Indo-Pak conflicts. It was nicknamed “Sabre killer” after the 1965 war. The only PVC of the IAF was awarded to a Gnat pilot Fg offr NJS sekhon on 14 Dec 71. The Indian version named Ajeet.
PERCIVAL PRENTICE (T-MK-3)
Country of manufacture: UK (DE HAVILLAND)
Period of operation in IAF: 1948-1959
Type/Role: Basic trainer
Engine: One 345 Hp Gypsy Queen-71 piston engine.
Performance: Max speed 240 kmph. Range 645 kms. The standard RAF basic trainer supplied to Argentina. India and Lebanon. HAL assembled this aircraft under license.
LYSANDER MK II
Country of manufacture: UK (westland)
Period of operation in IAF: 1941-1943
Type/Role: Two seater monoplane mainly for artillery spotting and reconnaissance.
Engine: One 905 Hp Bristol aircooled piston engine.
Performance: Max speed 368 kmph. Range 965 km.
Armament: Three X 303 Browning machine guns and 12 anti-personnel bombs. In World War II this aircraft was used as combat aircraft for night fighting, ground attack, target towing and air sea rescue. Affectionately called “Lizzie” the dangerous task of dropping and picking up agents in the fields of France under Nazi occupations.
Max speed: 720 kmph
Role in IAF: Basic jet trainer
Years in service: 1975-2005
Armament: one 23 mm (cannon two 100 kg Bomb), Two 7.62 mm Gun pods or Eight 57 mm Rocket
Max speed: 476 kmph
Capacity: 72 passenger
Height: 24000 feet
Range: 3218 kms
Year in service: 1953-1986
School children and aspiring students must visit. This the perfect place to know how Airforce of a country works and what are the essentials. Visiting there is knowledgeable.
Open On – WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY FROM 10:00 AM TO 05:00 PM
Closed On – MONDAY, TUESDAY AND GOVERNMENT HOLIDAYS.
Official website of IAF museum: http://indianairforce.nic.in/show_page.php?pg_id=49
Note: Information in Italic fonts are as it is mentioned on the information board in the museum.