Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Hyderabad and environs from the Air

I was always fascinated as to how Hyderabad looks from the air. So when I got the chance to fly to bangalore in an ATR42 of Air Deccan on the 8th of February, I happily clicked away at the scenes below. Hope they are interesting enough.

Nadirgul airfield to the southwest of Hyderabad. Its a surprise to find a paved runway at this place.

The ATR-42 is now flying over Osmania University. The Arts College building is prominent (bottom Left). The Osmania Unversity Library corner can just be seen in the bottom. the other OU Park dominates most of the picture

This is an easy one - Tarnaka. The flyover from Secbad to Uppal can be seen, as is the APSRTC Hospital at the bottom of the frame. Further to the top left is the Tarnaka flyover that goes to ECIL X Roads

The Hillock in the center is definitely the Moula-Ali hill

This another picture further down. That lake is a surprise - I assume its at Safilguda. The Road in bottom center will help us find out.

This is a shot of Secunderabad from the Air looking North. I have not been able to find out which location this is..

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Army Aviation Cheetahs to Congo? (The Tribune)

The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Chandigarh Stories

The above report says that five Army Aviation Cheetahs are on their way to Congo to take part in the UN mission. That certainly is a first for Army aviators going on Peace Keeping abroad. However I cant escape the feeling that this is again due to some inter force rivalry ? The army obviously claims that this is required as the AF choppers are not enough. Why not just ask the IAF to send more choppers if all is hunky dory? go figure.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Aero India Here we come. Got four days off from work, so that I can get down to Bangalore for the Maha Kumbh Mela of Indian Aviation enthusiasts. Aero India 2005.

Taking three cameras - a Nikon F55, An Olympus Point and Shoot , and a Kodak DC3200 1 MP Digital Cam - Now lets see how many pictures this will generate. Have seven film rolls and one slide roll. And to keep the digi cam and other equipment running, half a dozen sets of batteries, battery charger etc etc.

Places to visit - the Air Show and ofcourse the HAL Museum. Transportation is being provided by Air Deccan - Shelled out 2k for it. will come back by cattle class in train. As in last time, I will get to meet a number of BR website co-webbies, Seetal Patel, Kapil Chandni, Arun Vishwakarma, Rupak Chattopadhyay, Shiv Sastry and Sachin Keshavan.

The Mi - 25 attack helicopter of Indian Air Force passes through the Rajpath on the occasion of Republic Day Parade-2005, in New Delhi on January 26, 2005.
Copyright of Jagan Pillarisetti

Something which we wont see in real life, but a Scale Gnat model in front of a Scale Sukhoi-30 MKI offers a nice contrast. These models were built by Polly Singh.
Copyright of Jagan Pillarisetti

Friday, February 04, 2005

Ribbon Bars of IAF Legends

showcases virtual ribbon bars of famous IAF Pilots - the ribbons were taken from Lucas Gazewics website , but most of theeffort in lining and creating the effect is done in Image Composer.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Dammit, its been an year and four months since the last post. I finally decided to revive this agian and renamed it.

Okay, ever seen Indian Air Force Hawker Tempest IIs in action? thats what you will find at this link . Its an ASF format file and is 3.4MB in size / six minutes duration, but its a really rare footage of Operations from the 47-48 War. It seems to be part of a Films Division VHS tape that was rescued at Air HQ by a friend . Now 'recycled' for the Internet.