Monday, February 9, 2009

Amidst the thunderous din of the modern-day supersonic fighter jets at the Aero India 2009, aviation enthusiasts can also savour up a slice from the IAF's past. Adding a touch of history from its glorious past would be two of the IAF's phased-out trainer aircraft, the De Havilland DH82 Tigermoth and Harvard aircraft at the static display during the show.
The Tigermoth was a two-seat, single bay, biplane. The primary trainer for the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War, it was the basic trainer in the IAF from 1940. It was replaced by the HT-2.
The Harvard on the other hand was a single-engine advance trainer aircraft used to train fighter pilots of the RAF and other Air Forces of the Commonwealth during World War II. The Harvards were phased out in 1973 in IAF.
08/02/09 Press Information Bureau

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