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A retired world war II plane that now rests at the Air Force Museum, New Delhi.
This particular one being 'Westland Lysander - "1589"'

Affectionately called the "Lizzie" , The Lysander was an excellent aircraft for air observation and support. Capable of flying as slow as 55mph! This Lysander was obtained from the National War Museum , Ontario Canada in exchange for a B-24 Liberator in 1969. The Lizzie equipped No.1 and No.2 Squadrons during the Second World War. This aircraft still retains the its original RCAF1589 Serial.

Attractions: A Collection of Aero planes & armoury.
Depicts the history of the Indian Air force & has a vast collection of aero planes and Armoury on displaying.

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A little about more world war jets there :

World War 2 Aircraft
Wapiti K 813
Lysander 1589
Hurricane II AB 832
Spitfire XVIII HS 986
Tempest II HA 623
Prentice IV 3381
MXY-7 Okha None

The Indian Air Force fielded ten squadrons during World War 2. Flying in the China-Burma-India theatre, these squadrons flew a variety of aircraft. The initial years of the war, the squadrons were equipped with obsolete aircraft like the Wapiti, Hart, Audax and the Lysander. As the war progressed, relatively modern aircraft like the Hawker Hurricane, the Vultee Vengeance, and the Supermarine Spitfire found their place in the IAF squadrons at the front.

The end of the Second World War and the subsequent partition of the IAF saw more modern aircraft coming in. The Hawker Tempest was acquired in good numbers.

The IAF Museum has examples of all the major aircraft with the exception of the Vultee Vengeance. The Lysander was obtained on exchange for a Liberator. Even though we do not have information, the Wapiti and Hurricane too might have been obtained similarly, but information on these particular aircraft is not available and is much appreciated if someone can throw light on them.

A few other examples can be found in the Vintage Aircraft Flight, mainly the Tigermoth, Harvard and the Spitfire. The former two being in airworthy condition solely because they were retained in the training role for quite a period after Independence. The Harvard flew till the early 70s.

Vishal Sabharwal

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