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12 Feb 2010: A very early example of a MiG-21 that served in the Indian Air Force has been re-discovered.  Sandesh Kanchan (aka ghostrider) had correctly identified the MiG-21 displayed in Artillery Center Deolali  as an early MiG-21 PF (Type 76). Previously the aircraft was reported as a MiG-21FL. 

The following was posted on the Bharat Rakshak Forums.

ImageHarry passed away in May 2007. Cause is heart attack.

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I was his classmate in college. He did have an amazing knowledge about military technology as ascertained from his interaction with a defense scientist at the IIT-Madras tech seminar on the LCA in 2004. 

B Harry (Harish Balaji Kannan) was a regular contributor to this website as well. He was one of the few Indians to have an interest in Warbirds and thus he would regularly go out on Warbird Hunts. Dozens of his photos can be found in the Chennai section and other places.  He went "off the scope" in May 2007. Harry valued his privacy very much. So much that he was accessible only by email or by IM. The result was that his demise went unnoticed for so long. and Sadly, we found out about this only now.

RIP Harry.


The Hindu reported in May that an aircraft engine was fished out by fishermen off the Beypore coast at Kochi in Kerala. The Radial Engine, which appears to have come  off either an Avenger, Hellcat or a Corsair was later heli-lifted by the Navy to one of their bases.

A Photograph of the LCA Tejas first prototype "TD-1" being cannibalised for usable spares. The aircraft is officially "withdrawn from use" after 233 flights.

Colonel Ajai Shukla, who writes the popular Broadsword Blog reports that the first LCA Prototype / "Technology Demonstrator 1" is in the process of being canibalised and used for spares for other aircraft.

The aircraft was officially phased out on December 16, 2004 at Hakimpet at a solemn ceremony conducted in the afternoon. The Air Officer Commanding, AFS Hakimpet, Air Commodore Rakesh Kacker VM received the Chief Guest for the event, Air Marshal B N Gokhale AVSM VM, Senior Air Staff Officer, Training Command.

-It is now over four years since the Benares Hindu University's Engineering College (BENCO) sold the derelict Hurricane that was lying on its campus to englishman Peter Vacher.

Rishi Tandon, a warbird enthusiast had visited PEC Chandigarh, IIT Kanpur and HAL Ozhar in recent days and he has sent the following trip report and warbird sightings: 

Click to EnlargeOctober  , 2001: Air Forces Monthly Magazine's Feburary 2002 issue has a feature on the IAF's longest serving aircraft, The Canberra which is being operated by 106 SPR Squadron at Agra.

-An interesting document that resurfaced from the personal archives of Mr. Peter Arnold is this Tender document for sale of obsolete aircraft in the Indian Air Force. Towards the end of 1975, this letter was sent by the Under Secretary to the Government of India, offering several airframes and aircraft engines and parts for sale.

When this website started, we presented a list of known Indian Warbirds - and they numbered around 80 as on January 2001. Now thanks to our website visitors, contributions and personal efforts, our catalogue of preserved warbirds has crossed the 300 mark.  The current total is 306 identified and located warbirds. It should be pointed out that about 30 out of these 306 are either derelict or wreckages or training airframes which we have made note of. It should be pointed out here that the total does not include another 20 or so TS-11 Iskras expected to be sent for preservation in the near future.


By Mrityunjay Bose (UNI)

Mumbai, June 28 (UNI) Bollywood may have hit the 'Lakshya' (target) with several films on the Indian Army over the past few decades, but filmmakers seem to have chosen to ignore the heroics of the saviours in the skies and and on the sea -- even though some television serials have concentrated on these arms of the Indian Defence.

But if Anil Sharma's 'Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo' is a sign of things to come, the scene looks set to change. Mr Sharma's film portrays the grit and daring of the 'Men in White' who take on the enemies over the blue waters.

Part of the film has already been shot in Vishakhapatnam at the Eastern Naval Command while some more shooting remains to be done on board the de-commissioned aircraft carrier 'Vikrant', Defence Ministry spokesperson Commander Abhay Lambhate confirmed here.


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