Air Force Museum Delhi
A visit to the Indian Air Force Museum Delhi would be a remarkable experience not only for aviation enthusiasts but for everyone. Located on the outer suburban area of capital of India, the Air Force Museum Palam is actually very far from the city centre by road yet a visit to this museum is going to be an unforgettable and never-before experience.
The Air Force Museum Palam Delhi has a long and proud history of being the most unique museum ever in Indian history until the recent launching of Goa Naval Air Museum. The distinctiveness of the Air Force Museum Palam is that it exclusively provides an elaborated depiction of the story of the Indian Air Force and an accomplished impression of Military aviation in Republic of India.
Right from the initial days of Indian Air Force while Indian air force flew for the Royal Flying Corps (was the air arm of the British Army during the First World War) to the times of Kargil conflict (armed conflict between India and Pakistan). The museum is sure to offer a jaw-dropping experience to the visitors with its series of depictions, souvenirs, relics, exemplars, and the genuine aircraft themselves.
The Indian Air Force Museum Palam features an Indoor Gallery which showcases models of all aircrafts, pictures of all the heads of Air Staff, pictures of all IAF personnel killed in battle or in military operations, IAF procedures photo gallery, uniforms gallery and many other galleries. The abutting airdock affords the visitor the enthralling experience of taking a close look at the literal aircrafts operated during the different time period.
Furthermore, hardware like heavy weapons, military vehicles and many other classified particulars and a few aircraft which in huge is the size are kept in display on the outside. Real war prizes, radio detection and ranging equipments and captured military vehicles are displayed in the outdoor gallery as well.
The Vintage Aircraft Flight serves and attempts to maintain a few rare representatives of aircraft in normal conditions are maintained off-limits. Even Transport Aircraft which are based away from the Museum's limits is also off-limits as it is an Air Force station in working order. Unfortunately, visitants do not catch a glimpse of these glorious monsters on normal days as they will be displayed to the pubic only on the annual Air Force Day.
A souvenirs corner present in the museum complex allows the visitor to carry a small part of Indian Air Force history to their homes as they can buy souvenir jerseys, postal covers, key chains, bottle cap removers and many more.
Aircraft on display
- De Havilland Vampire NF10 ID-606
- HAL Gnat II E-2015
- Percival Prentice IV-3381
- Hawker Hunter F56 BA-263
- Hawker Hurricane II B AB-832
- Hawker Tempest II HA-623
- Yokosuka MXY-7 BakaSukhoi Su-7 BMK B-888
- MiG-21 FL C-499
- Supermarine Spitfire XVIII HS-986
- HAL Krishak HAOP-27 N-949
- HAL HF-24 Marut D-1205
- PZL TS-11 Iskra W-1757
- PZL TS-11 Iskra W-1758
- Westland Lysander 1589
- Westland Wapiti K-813
- Dassault Mystere IVa IA-1329
- Dassault Ouragan IC-554
- Fairchild C-119 Packet IK-450
- BAE Canberra B(I)58 IF-907
- Sikorsky S55C IZ-1590
- Mil Mi-4 BZ-900
- MiG-23MF SK434
- MiG-25 R KP-355
- Consolidated B-24 Liberator J HE-924
Vintage Aircraft Flight
- HAL Gnat II E-265
- HAL HT-2 IX-737
- De Havilland DH-82 Tiger Moth HU-512
- De Havilland Vampire FB52 IB-799
- Supermarine Spitfire VIII NH-631
- Douglas C-47 IJ-302
- HAL HT-2 IX-732
- North American Harvard HT-291
Transport Aircraft Section
- Douglas C-47 IJ-817
- Ilyushin Il-14 IL-860
- Tupolev Tu-124 V-644
- Antonov An-12 BL-727
- De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou BM-774
Highlights of Indian Air Force Museum Palam
- Images of Wg. Cdr. Ralesh Sharma, Republic of India's first spaceman and Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, PVC (Indo Pak War 1971) are sure to create goose-bumps to visitors.
- Artilleries like Camel Guns, American Sub machine Guns, AK-47 are kept in display.
- A Patton tank (brass) which was awarded to Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh, is fabricated and displayed in a detailed manner.
- The Roll of Honor talks out for the sacrifice of the IAF in1947 hostility, Indo-Pak battles, Indo- China battles, wherein the names are penned in golden letters on a wall.
- Historic snap of General Niazi of the Pakistan ground forces,where he is found signing surrender papers of the 1971 Indo - Pak war, with General Jagjit Singh Arora.
- Indian fighter-bomber aircraft and country’s first jet aircraft, Hindustan Aeronautics HF-24 Marut kept on display.
- Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka - rocket powered human-guided anti-shipping kamikaze attack plane engaged by Japan during World War II.
Location and Contact Details of Air Force Museum
Palam Air Force Station
New Delhi - 110010
Phone +91(11) 25697551/61
Open on all weekdays between 10am to 5pm except on Mondays, Tuesdays and Government Holidays
Free entrance to public at all times