The Indian Air Force had officiallyl retired the Iskra jet trainer from active duty. As many as 25 surplus aircraft are slated to be distributed around the country for gate guardian duties in the near future.
A Warbirds of India Report
|Iskra W1786 on display at Hakimpet Air Force Officers Mess.|
December 16, 2004.
In a solemn ceremony conducted at Air Force Station Hakimpet, the Indian Air Force formally retired the PZL TS-11 Iskra Jet trainer from Active duty. The ceremony saw the last student-instructer official flight of the Iskra.
Two days later, an Iskra [W-1741] was officially handed over to Air Force Academy Dundigal for preservation and display.
It is estimated that as many as 25 of the Iskra airframes will be dispatched to various corners of the country for either display or Instructional purposes. It was confirmed that atleast two of the Iskras will be flown to the Indian Air Force Museum in Palam.
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