India’s first Air Force Heritage Centre

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Defence Minister recently inaugurated the nation’s first Indian Air Force Heritage Centre.

About Indian Air Force Heritage Centre:

  • Location: Chandigarh.
  • This is the first heritage centre of the IAF and 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.


Q1) What is the motto of the Indian Air Force (IAF)?

The Motto of the Indian Air Force (Touch the sky with Glory) has been taken from the eleventh chapter of the Gita, the Discourse given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra during the Great War of Mahabharata.

Source: Rajnath Singh inaugurates country’s first Air Force Heritage Centre in Chandigarh