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HAL Museum in Bangalore

Bengaluru, is famous for its gardens and software companies. It is also called the “Garden City” and as the “Silicon Valley” of India. Bengalaru, is the capital of the state of Karnataka in South India, and there are many sightseeing places in this city. 

The one and only  Aeronautical museum, HAL is located  in the “Hindustan Aeronautics Limited”, premises in Bengaluru. HAL is an acronym and stands for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

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.

HAL Museum in Bangalore

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

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