Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Air India to restore Tata’s Leopard Moth

New Delhi: Vintage lovers, here is a good news. Leopard Moth, the plane that Indian pioneer aviator and founder of Air India — Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy (JRD) Tata flew from Karachi to Mumbai and later gifted to the headquarters of Aero club of India at  Safdarjung airport in 1984 will soon be seen purring again.

Air India chief Ashwani Lohani, who is credited with reviving the oldest working steam locomotive in the world, the 1855 built EIR 22 famously known as Fairy Queen, plans to make JRD’s cub flyable by 2017, which is also the 75th anniversary of Air India.

“We are looking at JRD Tata’s plane which is at the Aero club - to restore the aircraft back to its original condition and recreate the the first flight from Mumbai to Karachi," Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director of Air India told this newspaper.

However, given the “complex” relations between India and Pakistan, Air India has a plan B ready too and that is to fly it from Ahmedabad-Mumbai, if the original plan doesn’t work.
22/11/16 Teena Thacker/Deccan Chronicle

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