Thursday, 15 November 2012

Students get up close with naval aircraft

As part of the Navy Week celebrationsby the Goa naval area, around 150 students from 15 schools across the state were provided an opportunity to get up-close with various aircraft that the Indian Navy operates from INS Hansa at Dabolim on Wednesday.

The visit was scheduled on the occasion of Children’s Day on November 14. They were taken around a static display of aircraft which includedMR aircraft IL-38 and Dornier, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter Kamov-31, search and rescue helicopter Chetak, fighter training aircraft Kiran, aircraft carrier-borne vertical take-off and landing fighter aircraft Sea Harrier and the advanced carrier borne fighter aircraft MiG 29 K.

The visit provided the students with an opportunity to have a closer look at many different types of aircraft at one place. The children were awe stuck to see the fabulous machines that the Navy operates from Goa and showed keen interest in the manner in which they are operated. Their queries were answered to their satisfaction by qualified naval personnel present.
The students were also taken on a visit to the air traffic control tower to get first-hand experience of the manner in which air traffic is controlled from the ground. The students got a glimpse of the complexities involved in controlling the ever-increasing air traffic. They also had an unobstructed view of aircraft landing and take-off from the runway.

They were later escorted to the Naval Aviation Museum where the history of the evolution of naval aviation is preserved. The students had a look at vintage aircraft like Sea Hawk and Alize that have rendered invaluable service to the nation in the past. They also showed keen interest in the models of aircraft carrier Vikrant and Viraat that are on display.

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