April 15, 2024

Iskra W-1745 seen at the Shaheed Smarak Park in NOIDA.

An abudance of warbirds decorating important centers of the government can be seen in Delhi. Besides the Indian Air Force Museum at Palam, which at latest count hosts nearly 34 warbirds of different era, retired aircraft can be seen at government organisations like the WAC HQ at Subroto Park, Air HQ at Vayu Bhavan, DG NCC Office and a good number of schools.

Delhi has Safdarjung Airfield which is a civilian airfield that houses the Delhi Flying Club, Palam Airfield which houses both the International Airport as well as the Indian Air Force Station. Outside Delhi enroute to Meerut is the Airbase of Hindon, which houses some strike aircraft like the MiG-27M. Hindon has a Sukhoi-7 airframe displayed within the airbase. This was an Ex-32 Squadron machine which was taken on charge when 32 Sqn converted to the MiG-21

This De Havilland DH.85 Leopardmoth was used by J R D Tata for the 40th Anniversary of his Karachi- Mumbai flight. The aircraft is now preserved in the Aero Club of India Building next to the DGCA Office at Safdarjung airfield in Delhi. The aircraft has become famous with the Indian Government issuing a stamp of JRD and his Leopardmoth in the eighties. Pic Courtesy Simon Watson Click to Enlarge

Another Hunter that can be seen on public display is the Hunter A-1012 on display at the office of the Director General of the National Cadet Corps. The DG NCC Office is located in R K Puram. It is on the road across the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bhikaji Cama Place. The Hunter appears to be painted in the standard all grey scheme.

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Hunter F56a A-1012 was in flying condition as seen above till the early 90s. Today it is mounted on poles for display at the DG NCC office in RK Puram in Delhi. The serial under the port wing should have been painted ‘upsided down’ . Pic Courtesy : Indian Air Force


Iskra W1745 can be seen pole mounted at the Shaheed Smarak – War memorial park in NOIDA – Sector 29. The aircraft sports an incorrect roundel on the nose as well as an all silver colour scheme. Google Maps Link


Aircraft Type Serial No Remarks
Sukhoi – 7 B-747 AFS Hindon , Outside Delhi
Sukhoi – 7 B-909 Army Public School, Delhi
Hawker Hunter T 66 S-574 Reported but not confirmed.
Hawker Hunter F 56 BA-241 Modern School, Delhi
Hawker Hunter F 56a A-1012 Near Bhikaji Cama Place DGNCC Office
De Havilland DH 85 Leopardmoth VT-AKH Aero Club of India, Safdarjung
Dassault Mystere IVa IA-1009 Near Old Bus Stand, Delhi.

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