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Shorts Sealand

Sealand [IN 105]

The Shorts Sealand has a special place in the heart of Indian Naval Aviation. The type was the first aircraft to be inducted after the establishment of the Directorate of Naval Aviation and training of Indian Naval Aviators. An order for ten of these amphibians was placed in 1952 in a contract that was worth £ 320,000.




After the procurement of the Sealands and the Firefly aircraft, a need was felt by the navy to start its own ab-initio Pilot Training, which till that point of time was being done by the IAF. Towards this goal, the Navy procured three HT-2 primary trainers from HAL, these (IN 121-123) being ferried to the FRU at Cochin on 7th October 1956 by Lt Cdr D D Law and Lt R A J Anderson. 

Aérospatiale Alouette III / HAL Chetak

The Chetak was first inducted into Indian Navy Service in 1961. Over the years 85 of these helicopters have seen service with the Navy



HAL HJT-16 Kiran

Type: Basic & Intermediate Jet Trainer.

Variant in Navy service: Mk.2 standard - full weapons capability.


Hughes Hu-300

Hughes 300 On 15 Sept 1971, a Helicopter Training School was established and it was equipped with three Hughes Hu300 two seater helicopters. The Hu-300 was based on the Hu-269 which was a popular piston-engined two seater helicopter best used for training and crop-dusting.


MiG-29K / KUB

Black Panthers CommissioningThe Commissioning of the Black Panthers - INAS 330. Over 180+ Photographs of the event.


Fairey Firefly TT.1 & TT.4

Firefly [IN 112]Fairey Firefly is a well known naval fighter used by the Royal Navy which was designed was designed to carry a pilot and an observer - and operate from an aircraft carrier if required.


De Havilland Vampire FB-52 & T-55

de Havilland Vampire

The era of Jets came to the Indian Navy with the procurement of three Vampire FB52s and one T55 two seater in September 1957. They were procured to enable the Naval airment to gain experience on Jets in view of the impending induction of the Sea Hawks. The Naval Jet Flight (NJF), later designated as INAS 550 "A" Flight, was formed at Sulur, near Coimbatore, as the runway at Cochin was limited.


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