A HAL HJT-16 Kiran trainer has been reported in the Akulam Lake Park, just opposite the southern air command HQ in Thiruvanathapuram. Gireesh Kumar took these two photographs showing Kiran U-780 pole mounted – and in a Surya Kiran’s Paint scheme. This is only the third preserved Kiran aircraft, and the first one on public land.
The SKAT paint scheme is spurious – as no Mark 1 aircraft ever served with the Surya Kirans. U-780 has not been noted before.