Inside HAL Pragati Museum

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In Aug 2001, HAL Ozhar opened up a small museum called the Pragathi Aerospace Museum. Though not a full fledged museum with aircraft as exhibits, a MiG-21 was reported on display outside this museum located in the town center.

19BG_AERO_MUSEUM_1_2315388fThe area also houses Two MiG-21s mounted on Pylons. Though initially we thought that no way can any of these two be an FL, Rishi Tandon in his sighting report has indicated that these aircraft are serialled C-2836 and C-1175. The significance of both these serials has not struck us till we consulted our MiG Serial registry and found out that both represent the last aircraft of the type built. C-1175 is the last FL and C-2836 is believed to be the last Bis. The presence of the Bis, which should be the last ever MiG-21 model built in India and thus probably had quite some of its TTL left is not explained. Both aircraft are pylon mounted near a traffic roundabout.

The museum consists of two rooms. One contains a pictorial representation of HAL history, flight history from birds to Shuttle, fighter tech etc.. and some models of HAL produced aircraft. Other room contains some cat-E components(polished up) of mainly Mig-21. Landing gears and rubber seals and other misc stuff. What is interesting are some of the photos of the HAL factory coming up, photos of visits by IAF big shots of old etc. as well as the MiG-21 Pilot’s Helmet and Flight Suit dating from 1963 in mint condition on a horrible mockup of the MiG-21’s cockpit. Apparently photographs are not allowed.

NEW_HAL_408452gThe Museum is in HAL Township (aka MiG-City) opposite HAL factory/Ojhar Airbase. Enter from Gate No.3. Its 4 KM from the runway and on the other side of NH No. 3. HAL township is 3 KM from Ohjar Village, and 20 km from Nashik proper. The 5 minutes tour (tickets cost just Rs 5 for Adults, Rs 2 for the kids – thats 10 cents and 4 cents!) is conducted by a retired HAL gentleman, in English, Hindi or Marathi.

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