Bombay (Mumbai)

The Largest city in India in terms of population as well as economic activity, Bombay (Now Mumbai) sits on the western coast of India in the state of Maharastra. Being the hub of Economic Activity, Bombay receives considerable protection from Lohegaon Airbase near Pune, where MiG-29s and Jaguars are based.

An overview of Bombay City..oops..Mumbai

An ex-2 Sqn Gnat in a Public Park

A "missing" WW2 era warbird is now reported to be "alive" and well preserved! - a DH-82 Tigermoth in the heart of Mumbai is on proper display and is believed to be only the sixth confirmed Tiggie in existence in India. Update: More Walkaround Pictures!

Honorary Air Commodore Vijaypat Singhania's personal Dakota is displayed at the Hospital in Thane.

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First established in 1928, Bombay Flying Club has been the alma-mater of many Aviation Pioneers of India. Many stalwarts like JRD Tata and the Engineer brothers graduated from this club as fliers in the late 20s and 30s. In May 2003, The club completed 75 years of existance, making it one of the oldest in India.

Docked in Mumbai's harbour for over five years is the ship Vikrant, Indian Navy's first Aircraft Carrier which was acquired in 1961 and decommissioned in 1994. Vikrant was originally laid out as a Carrier during WW-2 as HMS Hercules, but was never completed during the war. It was in the fifties that India acquired it for the Navy and it was the flagship of the Navy for years to come. Having taken part in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, the ship saw a major refit in the eighties with the addition of a Ski-Jump and requipping of its fighter squadron with the Sea Harrier.

When it became economically unfeasible to operate the ageing carrier, the Indian Navy decommissioned the Vikrant in 1994, and it has been resting in the harbour ever since. Due to the fame it acquired during the 71 War and also due to legendary status the ship has acquired during its lifetime, the Maharashtra State government proposed to convert the Vikrant into a Maritime Museum. The process of converting the Vikrant into a museum is said to take atleast an year.

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