Saturday, October 14, 2017

Observe 15 Oct as Aviation Day to Celebrate JRD Tata: Indian Pilot

An Air India captain Sabu S launched a petition on Change.org around two weeks back appealing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare 15 October as National Aviation Day.

The petition, which has garnered more than 3,300 signatures as of now, chooses 15 October as it was on that day, 85 years ago (15 October 1932), that French-Indian aviation pioneer JRD Tata flew his first commercial flight from Karachi to what was then Bombay.

As a 2013 Economic Times article points out, the flight “was meant to demonstrate the viability of airmail from London to the subcontinent right down to Ceylon”. Thus, JRD Tata’s first flight provided the seminal push to airmail services in the subcontinent.
Tata, who was also the founder of Tata Airlines, which eventually went on to become Air India in 1946, has been considered the father of commercial, civil aviation in India.

Considering his role in providing an impetus to aviation in the subcontinent, the online petition says “it would only be appropriate that 15 October be declared as the National Aviation Day of India”.
14/10/17 Quint

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