Friday, December 12, 2008
I was a regular to the library in the 90s, first visiting it in 1990 and visited it as recently as 2004 or 2005. Its a pretty big library -and had a great collection of military books related to india. Their storage room has tons of old rare books - including Gazettes of India dating from the 19th Century.
The building is one of the 137 such designated as "Heritage Buildings" by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
I tried locating a contemporary photograph of this building but was not able to locate one - Strange in the age of Digital Photography and Internet Photo uploads.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
You have to appreciate the photographer Stephen D'Souza for keeping his cool and taking those pictures. I am certainly glad to see that he has got the attention finally.
There is however one point that needs to be clarified - despite his experience with some of those cops who didnt fire back, there were a few who bravely faced the terrorists at CST. There is some CCTV footage showing two RPF constables sharing one Lee Enfield .303 rifle between the two of them - taking potshots at the two gunmen. One of the constables even tries to throw a chair to divert / distract them. Then there is another RPF constable who was shot in the stomach after firing three rounds. fortunately he survived his wounds. These few good men do deserve the spot light.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
One of these aircraft probably had a near encounter with an IAF MiG-21 in the air. I say probably because this happened in the night and one cant be sure. The Beaver fortunately (for its occupants) managed to make it to safety.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
A review by Teotonio R. de Souza of a book by a Portugese Veteran. Offers very interesting insights into the Operations. Seems to be sympathetic to the Indian viewpoint and is pretty damning about the portugese treatment of veterans who returned from Indian captivity .
Monday, September 01, 2008
The Results on the left the first 20 shots from the 1911 at 25 Yards. With the exception of two rounds that I was trying to place on the head of the target, all others went through the sillhoutte. one bulls eye and one near bulls eye. As per the Scoring chart
X = 1 (5 Pts)
10 = 1 (5 Pts)
9= 2 (5 Pts)
8 = 5 (5 Pts)
7 = 7 (4 Pts)
Other = 2 (3 Pts)
Missed Silhoutte = 2 (0 Pts) (1 was a 'nick')
Total Score as per chart 75 points out of a possible 100. Not bad for a first time shooter.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
The aircraft is in a climate controlled storage hangar and it is verrrry difficult to fit it in one photo without a wide angle lens - instead - this is a photo stitch from three different images.
The aircraft is surrounded by numerous other aircraft in storage and it is not even possible to get a walk around. However on a special request, the volunteer guide will let you go around.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
While going through a free newspaper about local news - i picked up at the groceries store, I was surprised to find an ad about an "Air Show!" . What?? an airshow close to home?? turns out that the New Garden Airport at Toughkenemon, PA has an annual airshow. a small affair, but a regular one.
Having an airshow close to home - I just had to haul my ass off to watch it - and i did. the airport was a cute place - single runway - lot of gen av aircraft. the arrangement was such that you could literally sit about 50 - 100 feet away from the runway threshold and take pictures. The aircraft actually come into land flying just above the parking lot. So I had some wonderful shots. Some of the best i have taken (Beating even the WW2 reading ones)
More of the photos at this link
Thursday, June 12, 2008
A number of warbirds were there - though the Hurricane and Yak were missing from last year. The Weather was glorious for flying and so was the lighting and angles. Took 450+ photos - some of the best aircraft ones are uploaded here
Friday, April 11, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
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Seen above in the Google Maps view is the ARC tarmac area at the New Delhi International Airport in Palam. The aircraft to the right in the above frame is a Boeing 707 maintained by the Aviation Research Center. Around 2002, there was only one Boeing 707 in the ARC area - which looked like it was gathering dust and like it hadnt taken to the air in years. However in recent years, a Second 707 has arrived. suggesting that it has flown in from elsewhere. And more importantly as the photograph on the right shows, the 707 sports IAF markings rather than the civilian ones of the earlier one. The Boeing 707 carries the IAF roundel on the top side of the aft fuselage and the fin flash - certainly a rare illustration of this type in IAF colors.
According to my notes, the IAF received two Boeing 707s ex-Air India. The aircraft VT-DVB and VT-DXT were numbered K2900 and K2989 respectively - and it is belived that the two B707s at Palam are these two types. I am not aware of any specific photos of this type in IAF colors if you have seen something somewhere, do let me know.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Apparently the place is called "Helicopter Chowk" - and is located right along the main road that runs through Gilgit Town. Heres the Wikimapia Link - See the same place in Google Maps in the iframe below.
Its interesting to see the amount of reconstruction that this aircraft underwent. However I can just about see the control columns inside the cabin. Guess no one is interested in them as souvenirs!
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Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
A nicely authored article on Hyderabad and the Police Action - as well as interesting notes in the end analysing the works of Omar Khalidi, Narendra Luther, V K Bawa etc who have written books on Hyderabad.