Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi and Air Marshal AK Singh at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new Aerospace Museum on 30th
The Chief of Air Staff & Chairman Chief of Staff Committee, Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, today laid the foundation stone at the proposed site for a New Aerospace Museum in Delhi today. The proposed site of the new Aerospace Museum is near the Domestic terminus of IGI Airport.
The new Aerospace museum is meant not only to preserve the glorious tradition of the Indian Air Force but also to create awareness in general public about India’s rich Aerospace heritage. The new Aerospace museum is expected to be a major tourist attraction and a land mark in New Delhi.
The Indian Air Force presently has a museum located near the technical area of Air Force Station Palam. To improve the presentation and to preserve the history for posterity it was proposed to develop a state of the art museum designed with latest concepts and design. Representatives and consultants from various world renowned museums including ‘Salarjung’ and ‘Victoria’ were consulted. The Indian Air Force then decided to procure more space and to shift to a place more accessible by masses.
Spread over 43 acres the new Aerospace museum would have two main types of displays, indoor and outdoor. The outdoor displays would have aircraft parked and hung in flying altitude with mural depicting the era and atmosphere of its time of operation. The children’s area would also be created where children could enter cockpits of display aircraft and familarise with aircraft control and instruments. A video arcade would also be created.
Indoor displays would have a history section, section of aviation legends, history of IAF Squadrons, major campaigns and battles fought by IAF, IAF’s peace time role etc. The museum would also have a souvenir shop.
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