Explore The Journey Through History With The Indian Air Force Heritage Centre, Chandigarh

By Sakshi Budhraja
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A historical Landmark in Chandigarh, IAF Heritage Centre is India’s first air force heritage centre inaugurated by the Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh on May 8, 2023. It is a worthwhile resource for anyone who is curious to get insights into the history of the Indian Air Force.

Spread across an area of 17,000 square feet, the IAF Centre has been established to highlight the rich heritage, history, and bravery of the Indian Air Force. It exhibits the heroic contributions of the Indian Air Force in various wars, including the Balakot Air Strike, Kargil Wars, etc. It takes the visitors on an enthralling journey of history and captivates them by showcasing the remarkable developments of India’s aerial defensive assets through attractive murals and artefacts.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last year, the Indian Air Force Heritage Centre is a joint project between the UT Administration and the IAF. While the UT Administration is liable for the complete maintenance and management of the centre, the IAF plays the essential role of setting up the weapons and other equipment.

The IAF Heritage Centre is divided into two main phases.

Phase 1 of the museum acknowledges the immortal courage and bravery shown by the IAF personnel. The Indian Air Force is chronicled in this phase from its inception to the present. It is set up in a 15,000 square feet hall Moreover, it captures the unwavering spirit of the IAF troop by weaving personal stories, images, and precious artefacts altogether.

Phase 2 displays a stunning presentation of the aircraft evolution of the Indian Air Force. Visitors can witness the technological advancements that have firmly contributed to India’s aerial defence capabilities, which include propeller-driven planes to innovative fighter jets. The remarkable engineering behind these incredible aircraft is presented through multimedia presentations, spectacular displays, and detailed models.

Other than these two main phases, the IAF has now planned to expand the centre with Phase 3. It would be set up under the designation, “IAF Aerospace and Technical Centre”, in the adjoining hall spread over nearly 13,000 square feet. Phase 3 of the centre is likely to feature more simulators, engines, and electronic systems.

Flight Simulator - An Experience of Flying Aircraft

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The Indian Air Force Heritage Centre features around eight attractions, and one of its highlights is Flight Simulators. These simulators let visitors experience the thrill of flying an aircraft. These flight simulators have been developed to closely resemble the experience of flying some of the iconic aircraft in the history of the Indian Air Force. This offers a chance to visitors to experience what it’s like to be a pilot.

However, this experience requires an Immersive Experience Ticket, priced at Rs. 295, other than the Entry Ticket. With this special Immersive Experience Ticket, visitors can engage in a broad range of interesting activities, including Simulator Rides, eye-catching Holographic displays, immersive AR/VR Experiences, inspiring Theatre Sessions, and a lot more.

Furthermore, there are three slots of 25 people set up for flight simulators, each at 10 AM, 12 PM, and 3 PM.

Exhibits Displayed at IAF Heritage Centre

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A fascinating selection of exhibits at the Indian Air Force Heritage Museum highlights the rich aircraft history of the Indian Air Force. Following are some of the remarkable exhibits displayed at the Indian Air Force Heritage Centre that are worth exploring:

  1. A collection of Vintage Aircraft, including the Hawker Hurricane, the De Havilland Vampire, the Supermarine Spitfire, and more.
  2. A diorama of the Battle of Britain.
  3. A film on the history of the Indian Air Force.
  4. A showcase of Aero Engines, including the Pratt & Whitney J57 and Rolls-Royce Merlin.
  5. An assortment of weapons, including the .303 Browning Machine Gun and the 20mm Hispano Cannon.

Levitate - An Air Force Inspired Cafe at IAF Heritage Museum

An air force-inspired cafe, Levitate is next among the rich highlights of the IAF Heritage Museum. The cafe is designed to resemble pilots, with a wall of honour, aircraft models, and other aviation artefacts. Levitate is a great place to enjoy a warm cup of coffee while exploring the history of the Indian Air Force. Moreover, the cafe also features a bookshelf so you can get valuable insights into the contributions of the Indian Air Force.

The Indian Air Force Heritage Centre is a must-visit for anyone visiting Chandigarh. It is open to the public from 10 AM to 6 PM. The entry ticket is Rs. 50 for adults and free for children below the age of 18. The tickets can either be purchased online on Chandigarh Tourism App or from the IAF Heritage Centre.

Address: Govt. Press, Sector 18, Chandigarh

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