HAL Museum in Bangalore
This museum was established in 2001, and showcases the growth of the “Indian Aviation” industry. It is located on the Old Airport road and is 2 kilometers away from the Old Airport.
The museum houses various aircraft engine models, Flight Stimulators, a mock Air Traffic Control Tower and a Photo gallery showcasing the history of Indian Aviation and an Aero- Modeling club. There are two exhibition halls – one with models of aircraft and engines on display, which dates back to the 2nd world war and the other with a array of photographs depicting the history of HAL , and its growth till now.
The photo gallery of the museum contains pictures, of Vengence bombers under construction in the 40’s, Dakotas being overhauled, Tempests, Devons, Vampires , Gnats and Maruts being assembled in the 60’s. There is a MIG 21 aircraft on display, as well as a Kiran aeroplane and a vintage Canberra Bomber.
There are early versions of choppers as well as the latest helicopters on display here. Just to name a few exhibits which are on display here are the Westland Sea King, the Lakshya, a “pilotless aircraft”, which can be sent into enemy territory to map the area in advance for the Army, and many more choppers.
There are exhibits of a Air Traffic Control Radar and Antenna and a model of a Radar. "Radar", stands for Radio detection and Ranging and it provides the positional information of a aircraft. Models of GSLV and PSLV satellite launch vehicles are also exhibited. The manicured lawns and gardens provide a beautiful landscape in the background.
To keep your memories evergreen about the museum, there is a ‘souvenir shop’, which sells mementos, postcards and posters. If you are wanting to chill out with your friends, then there is a “cafeteria”, and a pond where one can relax and enjoy having some snacks.
If you love flying and want to increase your knowledge about these flying machines or you want to make a career in aeronautics, then this is the place to visit, to make your dreams come true and soar to greater heights.
The visiting hours for the museum are from 9 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday and the entry fee is Rupees 25/- and if you want to take your camera with you into the premises you are charged an additional Rupees 10/-. The famous landmark for this museum, is that it is near the Helicopter Division, and it is 8 kilometers from the Mahatma Gandhi Road and 2 kilometers from the Old Airport.
Address – Airport Varthur Road, Bangalore.
Phone – 080 - 25228341