Leading Populous Type : Gnat

Its no surprise that the Gnat / Ajeet combination leads the survey with nearly 39 aircraft identified around the country and more reports and sightings pouring in even as we speak. This also translates into a 12% survivor ratio of all the aircraft that served with the IAF.

The Hawker Hunter comes in second, with nearly 24 aircraft identified as preserved with a possible 12-15 in storage after their withdrawal from service a few years back. Third place goes to the MiG-21, 26 aircraft identified, but since 4 of these are relics or incomplete aircraft or wreckages, the net position is 26-4 = 22 - So Rank No.3

Survivor Ratio : Alize

In terms of 'Survivor Ratio', i.e Number of survivors in relation to the total number produced/inducted, The Breguet Alize of the Navy leads with 35% , five survivors out of Fourteen inducted. Next is the Navy's Sea Hawk fighter with a 15% ratio.

Surprisingly, The Sukhoi-7 in the IAF leads the Survivor ratio with about 12.5%. Followed by the homegrown HF-24 Marut with 10.5%. Gnats come in at 12% and most of the other types are around the 10% mean as can be seen below in the table.

The Warbird Survey

Rank Type Prvd D/W Surv S/S
1 HAL Gnat 39 1 12.0%  
2 Hawker Hunter 24      9.5% 8
3 MiG-21 26 4    4.0% 400
4 HT-2 17   10.0%  
5 HF-24 Marut 16   10.5%  
6 Sukhoi-7 16   12.5%  
7 Hawker Seahawk 11 1 15.0%  
8 Douglas Dakota 11 2   7.0%  
9 North American T6 Harvard 9 2   2.0%  
10 De Havilland Vampire 7     2.0%  
11 HAL Chetak 7 1    
12 Westland Seaking 6 1 15.0% 20
13 Mil Mi-4 6 1    
14 Alize 5   35.0%  
15 Canberra 5     4.0% 9
16 Mystere IVa 5     4.5%  

Prvd - Numbers preserved
D/W - Derelict / Wreckage - may soon be scrapped
Surv - Ratio of Aircraft Survivors / Total acquired
S/S - Storage / in Service - either recently retired or still serving

World War Two aircraft population is made up of C-47s, Harvards etc. These are of 16 types and number 40. The listing is as follows:

The WW2 Warbird Survey

Rank Type Prvd D/W Remarks
1 C-47 Dakota 11 2  
2 North American Harvard 9    
3 Supermarine Spitfire 4    
4 Auster 3    
5 B-24 Liberator 1    
6 De Havilland DH9 1    
7 De Havilland DH 82 Tigermoth 2    
8 De Havilland DH85 Pussmoth 1    
9 Fairey Firefly 1    
10 Hawker Hurricane 1 1    
11 Hawker Tempest II 1    
12 Percival Prentice 2 1  
13 Stinson L5 Sentinel 3 2  
14 Westland Lysander 1    
15 Westland Wapiti 1    
16 Yokosuka MXY7 Baka 1    

Prvd - Numbers preserved
D/W - Derelict / Wreckage - may soon be scrapped

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