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Indian Naval Aviation Museum

Indian Naval Aviation Museum

The aviation arm of the Indian Navy had a modest beginning with the induction of ‘Short Sealand’ aircraft, in the year 1953, with 10 amphibian Sealand aircraft. As the number and type of the aircraft grew and some got ‘phased out’ of the service, a need was felt to preserve the history, legacy and trace the growth of the naval aviation, and hence this museum, which is one of its kind in Asia. The museum was inaugurated on 12th Oct 1998 by Admiral RH Tahiliani (Retd.) – The first Naval Pilot to land a fighter aircraft, ‘Hawker Sea Hawk’ on the deck of aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on 18 May 1961.

Growth of Museum
The Museum initially had a small collection of 6 aircraft of World War II vintage – Sealand, Alize, Dove, Vampire, Sea Hawk and Hughes Helicopter. Today there are 15 types of aircraft at the museum and wide ranging exhibits including a scaled model of the aircraft carrier INS Viraat, complete with a ski-jump runway, and Sea Harrier jump jets on its deck. The museum also preserves the historic Super Constellation aircraft, which paved way for Indian Navy to take over Maritime Patrol duties from the Indian Air Force. Read More+

Entry fee and timings
A nominal fee of Rs. 20/- (per adult) and Rs. 5/- (per child) is charged, which is utilized for upkeep and maintenance. The museum is open from 0930 hrs to 1700 hrs, on all days except Mondays and National Holidays.

How to Get There
Located on the road to Bogmalo beach, near Dabolim, Vasco-da-Gama, Goa, the museum can be easily reached by public or private transport. It has spacious parking for vehicles and the entrance is a few yards from the parking lot.

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