Sunday, October 04, 2015

Vintage flying machines to spit fire again

A Supermarine Spitfire fighter preserved at Chandigarh’s PEC University of Technology is expected to have pride of place in a revived squadron of vintage aircraft planned for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
HS674, believed to be more than 70 years old, was originally part of Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) and saw action over Second World War Europe before it was acquired by the IAF.
Gifted in 1962 to PEC, formerly Punjab Engineering College, by the late Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh, the dismantled plane has been used for the past 50 years as a teaching tool for PEC students. Prof Kishori Lal, head of Aerospace Engineering, says that the fuselage, engine and wings of the Spitfire have been separately preserved. The wing design has been of special interest to his students who come from all over the country.
04/10/15 Shyam Bhatia/Tribune
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