|HAL HT-2 [IX-743] on display at the Training Command HQ is one of the few Lycoming versions preserved in the country. Pic Courtesy : Sanjay Simha
Sometime after the retirement of the Iskras in late 2004, A number of Iskras were allocated to different establishments by Training Command HQ. It was only natural that the HQ itself recieved one example sometime in 2005.
W-1773 was installed near the main gate. The HT-2 was earlier sllghtly adjusted in its attiude and position. Both the aircraft were arranged in a manner that it appears that the HT-2 is in a tail chase with the Iskra – a very imaginative display by IAF standards.
|Iskra [W-1773] seen at TC HQ. Photo Copyright : Wg Cdr Joseph Thomas (Retd).
|A side view of Iskra [W-1773]. Photo Copyright : Wg Cdr Joseph Thomas (Retd).
Unlike the AFTC Iskra’s which are rather too steeply mounted, this example is mounted at a more shallow attitude, and a more natural one. However, no mannequins in the cockpit are there, even though there are ejection seats still remaining in the cockpit.
|A close up of Iskra [W-1773] cockpit shows the ejection seats are still in the aircraft. the canopy is not protected against the sunlight and may soon turn opaque if not protected for. Photo Copyright : Wg Cdr Joseph Thomas (Retd).