April 23, 2024

Coming south to the center of the city, one can view more warbirds at the Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering, which is a part of the Military College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME). The FAE has in its inventory one Ajeet airframe [E1979] and two Chetak Helicopters. One of the Chetak helicopters is actually a cutaway airframe , which looks like a salvaged piece from an aircrash. Not much details available on it though. This airframe has been moved elsewhere in mid 2002.

HAL Ajeet E1979 on display mounted outside the FAE Building. Not available for public view, one would get a proper view by going over a nearby Railway overbridge!
Click to Enlarge HAL Chetak Z396 was displayed at the Seventh EME Reunion held at Docca Stadium. the Helicopter is used as an instructional Airframe.
Another airframe of a HAL Chetak is displayed just near the main entrance for the FAE Entrance. the aircraft stripped of all equipment , even perspex . This Helicopter was displayed as a cutaway airframe This was not present in February 2003. Click to Enlarge

During the ninth reunion of the EME held in 2004, another new Chetak airframe had been observed. This Chetak Z-984 has been seen in other advertisements and training litterature.

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Two views of HAL Chetak Z-984 which was displayed at the Ninth EME Reunion held at Docca Stadium in Trimulgherry. The Helicopter is believed to be one of the airframes on strength along with Z-396 above.

When in 2001, the College of Defence Management in Bolarum was shifted to its new premises at Sainikpuri, a beautifully restored MiG-21U [U-660] Two seater trainer was installed outside the gate. The MiG was the IAF’s representation of monuments outside the CDM Complex. Last seen the aircraft was displayed on a platform without any fence or protection to keep away the roadside visitor. The aircraft was in pristine condition.

Aircraft Type Serial No Remarks
HAL Gnat II Ajeet E 1979 Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering, MCEME
HAL Chetak Z 396 Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering, MCEME
HAL Chetak (Cutaway) NA Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering, MCEME
MiG-21 U U 660 College of Defence Management , Gate Gaurdian

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