Uttar Pradesh

The region of Uttar Pradesh is now divided into the freshly created state of Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh . The Indian Air Force has establishments at Hindon (near Delhi), Agra, Dehradun, Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Bakshi-Ka-Talab and Gorakhpur.

Uttarpradesh would have been a hotbed of flying during the Second World War and there are several airfields that dot its landscape. This category shows the various warbirds in various cities and towns around UP.

Agra is located south of the capital city of New Delhi. It is the home of the Paratroopers Training School. Aviation came to Agra with the reestablishment of the PTS in the year 1949 . Since then, scores of soldiers and NCC Cadets have undergone jump training from aircraft starting with the venerable Douglas Dakota to the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar (Packet).

MIG-23BN [SM217] was gifted to the Aligarh Muslim University in 2009. The aircraft is now on display at the Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology.

Allahabad has the honour of being the first place in the Indian Sub Continent to witness powered heavier than air flight, when in 10th Dec 1910, Englishman Keith Davis flew a Bleriot aeroplane from the pologrounds. Allahabad is home to the Central Air Command Headquarters which is located at Bamrauli. The responsibility of CAC HQ is to undertake supply and support operations for the border areas along Uttar Pradesh and Bihar along the Chinese Nepalese border.

MiG-21M [C1609] was given to St Joseph School in Allahabad. The MiG flew over 3000 hours, and 4900 sorties during a career spanning 32 years.

Bareilly is located in the northern portions of Uttar Pradesh state, right on the border with the newly created state of Uttaranchal. Bareilly had been the location for the Air Force Base established under Central Air Command in the mid 60s. It had always housed the most secretive of the aircraft of the IAF - starting with the Sukhoi-7s, the EW Squadron with MiG-21Ms and Canberras and finally the No.102 Squadron Trisonics, flying the MiG-25Rs.

The first photograph of Hunter T66 S580 on display at St Joseph's Academy surfaces.  Dehradun already hosts nine known warbirds till date - almost all of them in educational and training institutions.

MIG-23BN [SM258] at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Dehradun.

Shatrujeet01A Fairchild C-119 Packet has been resurrected as a bar at an Officer's mess in the Paratroopers Center in Agra. The aircraft is on General Cariappa Road.

Kanpur's Aviation history owes much to it being a major Maintenance depot during the Second World War. Chakeri airfield near Kanpur was a Major operational airfield for the Royal Air Force during World War 2. It was the base for the 322 Care and Maintenance Unit RAF and was used to overhaul a good number of aircraft during the operations.

This aircraft was the joint Warbird Discovery of the Year 2004

Sherwood college in the hill station of Naini Tal is home to a MiG-21FL [C1153] that was arranged by an alumni - Air Marshal Sumit Mukerji (Retd).  

After its 'discovery' by Google Earth imagery last year, the first tantalising photograph of the Sarasawa Curtis C-46 Commando emerges.. thanks to Aditya Gupta for spotting it. 

Ajeet E1964 belongs to No.4 Air Force Selection Board.


Lucknow is the capital city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This metro city is the administrative headquarters of Lucknow District and Lucknow Division.Lucknow is the largest city of Uttar Pradesh and second largest metro of North and Central India after Delhi.

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