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An unidentified MiG-21 belonging to No.45 Squadron

This aircraft is a veteran of the 1965 India Pakistan war and was part of No.23 Squadron based at Pathankot.

A couple of years ago, HIET's website mentioned that they had aircraft like a DH-82 Tigermoth, Stinson Sentinel and Harvard. While the Harvard was pictured sometime back, only recently (Mar 2004) did the first photograph of the Sentinel surface. The Sentinel is thus the first 'Warbird Discovery' of this year.

The Harvard sports a false registration VT-KCG - which are the intials of the chairman of the College.

Present for instructional purposes along with the Queen Air, another Beech aircraft on display at the HIET at Padur is the ex-Hindustan Steel Limited's Twin Bonanza, with registration VT-DOR. The Aircraft is a forty year old airframe, being taken on rolls on 7 December 1962, and serving for thirty two years before being deregistered on 16 November 1994

Recently acquired, still sporting traces of its past ownership with the Steel Authority of India Limited [SAIL] is the Beech Queen Air VT-DOQ. Not exactly a warbird in technical sense, this civilian instructional airframe forms a pair along with a Beech Twin Bonanza at the Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology in Chennai.

.The Periyar Science and Technology Center located in the sprawling, well laid-out campus of Kotturpuram in an area of 21.25 acres. The Science center set up to encourage the learning of science and technology houses a HF-24 Marut 1T Operational trainer in its premises.

In addition to the HAL HF-24 1T, a HAL HT-2 is displayed inside the Periyar Science and Technology Center. This HT-2 IX-741 is displayed on pedestals and is in its original paint scheme of its airforce days. B Harry from Chennai brings this exclusive report from the PTC at Adyar.

The Indian Navy had in the late eighties contributed one of its Sea Hawk fighters to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) , Chennai. This was primarily to help the technical students of the Aerospace department familiarise themselves with actual aircraft. The aircraft IN-235 was from No. 300 INAS "White Tigers" and carried the insignia on thier noses.

Warbird Discovery of the Year 2001
This aircraft was no ordinary HPT-32 , but a very rare vintage Percival Prentice. Our doubts about the aircraft were cleared as we saw the pictures of the tail section. ...

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Tambaram Air Force Station on the outskirts of Chennai houses the Flying Instructor's School (FIS). The FIS was originally raised in the north in Ambala in 1948 and moved to its current location in 1954. Till then Chennai (Then Madras) saw aircraft only at St Thomas Mount, from where a flight of Blenheims and Wapitis of the erst while Coastal Defence Flights (CDF) used to fly missions during World War Two.

Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology (H.I.E.T) was established in Chennai in 1966 in response to the need for non-formal technical education. Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology is run by the Hindustan Engineering Training centre (HETC) Educational society and registered as a Technical Education Society under the Societies Act, XXI Of 1860. The institution is approved by the Director General of Civil Aviation, Government of India, for conducting Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course and by All India Counsel for Technical Education and the Government of Tamil Nadu for conducting Diploma courses in Automobile, Computer and Mechanical Engineering courses. The HIET has a 'fleet' of aircraft, including vintage and modern airframes. One of the few colleges in India to boast of a Boeing 737 on its premises.

The Periyar Science and Technology Center located in the sprawling, well laid-out campus of Kotturpuram in an area of 21.25 acres. The Science center set up to encourage the learning of science and technology houses a HF-24 Marut 1T Operational trainer in its premises. Going to Periyar would cost about 100 Rupees from the city center. You would be lucky if it costs you less than that, thanks to the famous auto drivers of Chennai.

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