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India’s First Air Force Heritage Centre To Open On January 31 in Chandigarh

We all must have waved our hands endlessly at the passing airplanes in the sky, as children. Probably, considering this limitless interest in aero planes an idea of building a museum was thought of which is finally executed in the form of IAF Heritage Centre, Chandigarh in sector 18. It will draw visitors from all walks of life. Moreover, it is the only museum in India which is expected to draw tourists from both within the country and abroad. In addition, it will offer an insight into the rich legacy and glory of the force.

Remember the experience of witnessing the Chandigarh air show at Sukhna lake? Now, the residents can . Moreover, the centre will help motivate the youth to join the armed forces. Many people in the Chandigarh are not aware about the existence of this museum. It is a must visit place to know more about the glorious history of Indian Air Force. The only one of its kind in India – IAF Heritage Centre is a fine alliance of Indian Military Aviation and Indian Air Force. This museum showcases a rich collection of planes that played/playing a crucial role in defending the country over the decades.

IAF Heritage Museum Getting To Open For Public on 31 January

The ‘IAF Heritage Centre’ is jointly set up by the force and the Chandigarh administration. An MoU between the Union Territory of Chandigarh and the IAF for setting up of the centre was inked. The ceremony was attended by Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari. The work on the heritage museum was said to be completed by December 16, 2022.

Who Will Inaugurate Indian Air Force Heritage Centre?

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh to inaugurate Indian Air Force Heritage Centre being set up at the government press building in Sector 18, Chandigarh

Highlights of IAF Heritage Centre, Chandigarh

The IAF heritage centre will have artefacts, a simulator, aero engines, armaments, memorabilia and other artefacts. Additionally, other interactive boards to highlight various facets of IAF. It will also showcase the vital role played by the service in various wars and assistance rendered for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Apart from this, a souvenir shop will also be set up at the museum.

Furthermore, a Gnat fighter aircraft will be mounted on a pillar at the Sector 8-9-17-18 traffic lights, adjacent to the Indian Air Force Heritage Centre at Government Press building in Sector 18.

A Gnat fighter aircraft will be mounted on a pillar at the Sector 8-9-17-18 traffic lights, adjacent to the IAF Heritage Museum, Chandigarh

The single-engine rare aircraft machine was designed and built by late Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh in 1958 and shall be kept at the museum.

single-engine rare aircraft machine was designed and built by late Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh in 1958 and shall be kept at the IAF heritage centre Chandigarh

The Kanpur-1 Aircraft, was handed over by Prof Baldev Setia, PEC Director, to Air Marshal R Radhish AVSM VM, SASO, HQ Western Air Command at the Aeronautical Engineering Division of PEC, Chandigarh.

The Kanpur-1 Aircraft, was handed over by Prof Baldev Setia, PEC Director, to Air Marshal R Radhish AVSM VM, SASO, HQ Western Air Command at the Aeronautical Engineering Division of PEC, Chandigarh at IAF heritage museum

Similarly, MiG 21 and Gnat aircraft are also at the museum.  

Location

Government Press Building in Sector 18, Chandigarh

Entry Fee
The entry charges are yet to be known. Do stay tuned for more updates on this.

Wrapping It up

The IAF heritage museum is sure to offer a jaw-dropping experience to the visitors with its series of depictions, souvenirs, relics, exemplars, and the genuine aircraft themselves.

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Nupur Dhingra
A tiny speck in the world of Media who's trying to play with words through her writing. When not working, she can be found travelling, painting, hiking, camping, and stargazing.

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