Nation’s First Indian Air Force Heritage Centre:
Defence Minister recently inaugurated the nation’s first Indian Air Force Heritage Centre
- Indian Air Force Heritage Centre located in chandigarh.
- This is the first heritage centre of the IAFand is spread over 17,000 square feet.
- The heritage centre highlights the IAF’s role in various wars, including in 1965 and 1971 and the Kargil War, and the Balakot air strike through murals and memorabilia.
- It houses five vintage aircraft and will provide visitors with cockpit exposure and an experience with flight simulators.
- It also houses the first IAF-made patent aircraft Air Force ‘Kanpur-1 Vintage Prototype Aircraft’, a single-engine indigenous flying machine designed and built by the late Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh in 1958 at Base Repair Depot Kanpur.
- The centre also showcases augmented reality, holograms, virtual reality, and electro-mechanical enclosures, interactive kiosks highlighting various facets of the IAF.
- The centre also has a special segment which has been dedicated to women officers in the IAF for their contribution to the service of the nation.
- An audio-visual gallery will present the journey of the IAF through time, tracing its evolution from its inception to the modern day as well as promotional movies.
- There is a section where uniforms of the IAF will be shown, besides an enclosure for its ranks and badges.