Tamil Nadu

The Capital city of Chennai is the place to visit for warbirds. Even though very few "Official" warbirds are there , many educational institutes have examples lying with them. As you will see in the following pages, some of them are quite rare.

The Airforce has Tambaram AFS , south of Chennai, which houses the Flying Instructors School, and the Navy has estblishments like Arakonam etc where active flying is done. Arakonam is home to INAS Rajali, which flies the Tu-142 Bears.

Pondicherry is an ex French Colony surrounded by Tamil Nadu. Officially a Union territory, the architecture as well as the culture shows sign of french presecence. It is a popular destination to tourists, who savour the french atmosphere as much as the tourists who visit Goa enjoy the Portugese culture

The IAF's second MiG-23BN [SM202] finds its way to a permanent display at the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. 

U455Meet the warbird that claims to be the southernmost in India - in the town of Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu. MiG-22UM came all the way from Romania - and served with MOFTU.


HarvardCoimbatore is a major town and district in the eastern part of Tamil Nadu. It adjoins the border with Kerala and is an important place as far as Air Force installations in Tamil Nadu are concerned. The Air Force Administrative College, No.5 Base Repair Depot, Air Force Station Sulur are all located in and around Coimbatore.

There are two airstrips commissioned during World War 2, Peelamedu and Sulur, Both providing facilities for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm Squadrons flying aircraft as diverse as the Barracuda, Hellcats, Hurricanes and Seafires. Peelamedu was decommissioned in 1946 along with Sulur. Today it acts as the Civlian airport of Coimbatore.

What is not known widely was that Coimbatore once had a Spitfire VIII as a gate guardian in the air force premises. The Initial Training Wing was located in Coimbatore in the late 40s, after it moved to here from Poona. The ITW was responsible for initial basic training to IAF flight cadets. The Spitfire was preserved on the premises to motivate the flight cadets, and going by the number of photographs it has appeared in, it has done its job well. However the final fate of the aircraft is a mystery, and it is believed to have been scrapped by 1949

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