Westland Wapiti, one of the first aircraft flown by the Royal Indian Air Force.
Westland Wapiti, one of the first aircraft flown by the Royal Indian Air Force.
Consolidated-Vultee B-24 Liberator heavy bomber over the Deccan plateau in the early 1950s
Consolidated-Vultee B-24 Liberator heavy bomber over the Deccan plateau in the early 1950s
Canberra medium bomber
Canberra medium bomber
Mystere IVA being armed with cannon rounds during September 1965
Mystere IVA being armed with cannon rounds during September 1965

Aircraft

Name Origin Primary
role(s)
Service
period
#
used
Notes
Aero Ae-45 Czechoslovakia transport 1955–1957 1
Airspeed Oxford UK transport 1946–1949 5
Antonov An-12 USSR transport 1961–1993 65
Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta UK transport 1941–1944 5
Auster AOP.6 UK army co-operation 1946–1970 20 ca.
Auster AOP.9 UK army co-operation 1955–1981 35
Avro Anson I UK trainer 1942–1945 7 [1]
Bell 47G-2 US helicopter 1957–1979 15
Boulton Paul Defiant TT.III UK target tug 1944–1945 small #
Bristol Blenheim I UK bomber 1941–1942 5
Consolidated B-24J Liberator US bomber 1948–1967 45 [note 1][2]
Dassault Ouragan (Toofani) France fighter 1953–1967 104 [note 2][3][4]
Dassault Mystère IV France fighter 1957–1973 104
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter Canada transport 1956–1998 36
de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou Canada transport 1963–1991 26 [5]
de Havilland Devon UK transport 1947–1991 22
de Havilland D.H.86B UK transport 1940–1942 2
de Havilland Dragon Rapide UK transport 1941–1945 4
de Havilland Tiger Moth UK trainer 1939–1957 192
de Havilland Vampire F.3 UK day fighter 1948–1955 3
de Havilland Vampire FB.52 UK fighter-bomber 1950–1974 286 [note 3]
de Havilland Vampire NF.10 UK night fighter 1953–1955 30
de Havilland Vampire NF.54 UK night fighter 1953–1966 30
de Havilland Vampire PR.55 UK photo reconnaissance 1954–1965 5 [note 4]
de Havilland Vampire T.11 UK trainer 1963–? 7
de Havilland Vampire T.55 UK trainer 1953–1982 124 [note 5]
Douglas Dakota US transport 1946–1987 206
English Electric Canberra UK bomber/reconnaissance 1957–2007 150 [6]
Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar US transport 1953–1984 89
Fairchild PT-19 US trainer 1943–1946 40 [7][8]
Folland Gnat UK lightweight fighter 1958–1978 ? [note 6]
HAL Ajeet India lightweight fighter 1977–1991 89 [note 7]
HAL HF-24 Marut India bomber 1961–1985 147 [9]
HAL HT-2 India trainer 1953–1998 169
HAL Krishak India army co-operation 1965–1988 68
HAL Pushpak India trainer 1965–1967 25
Harlow PC-5A US transport 1941–1942 4
Hawker Audax UK army co-operation 1939–1945 7
Hawker Hart (India) UK bomber 1939–1942 7
Hawker Hind UK bomber 1939–1941 6
Hawker Hunter F.56 UK fighter 1966–1992 55
Hawker Hunter FGA.56 UK fighter-bomber 1957–1996 167
Hawker Hunter T.66 UK trainer 1959–1992 40
Hawker Hurricane UK fighter-bomber 1942–1945 ?
Hawker Tempest II UK fighter 1945–1955 235 [10]
Ilyushin Il-14 USSR transport 1955–1981 29
Lockheed Super Constellation US transport 1961–1981 9
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21FL USSR fighter 1964–2013 332 [note 8][11]
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23BN USSR fighter-bomber 1981–2009 95 [12]
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MF USSR fighter 1982–2007 40
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25RBK & RU USSR reconnaissance 1981–2006 10 [note 9][13]
Mikoyan MiG-27 USSR fighter 1985–2019 165 [14]
Mil Mi-4 USSR helicopter 1960–1988 121
North American Harvard Mk.II and 4 Canada trainer 1942–1973 ?
North American T-6G Texan US trainer –1973 ?
Percival Prentice T.3 UK trainer 1947–1963 62 [note 10]
PZL TS-11 Iskra bis D Poland trainer 1975–2004 76 [note 11][15]
SEPECAT Jaguar GR.I UK/France ground attack 1979–1984 16 [note 12]
Sikorsky S-55 US helicopter 1954–1966 8 [note 13]
Sikorsky S-62B US helicopter 1960–1979 2
Sukhoi Su-7 Fitter USSR fighter-bomber 1968–1986 140 [16]
Supermarine Spitfire Vc & VIIIc UK fighter/reconnaissance 1943–1948 19 [17]
Supermarine Spitfire FR.XIVE & FR.XVIII UK fighter reconnaissance 1945–1957 120 [17]
Supermarine Spitfire PR.XI & XIX UK photo reconnaissance 1947–1959 15 [17]
Supermarine Spitfire T.IX UK trainer 1947–1955 10
Tupolev Tu-124 USSR transport 1966–1981 3
Tupolev Tu-142 USSR maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare 1988-2017 8 [note 14][18]
Vickers Viscount UK transport 1955–1971 2
Vickers Valentia UK transport 1942–1944 1
Vultee Vengeance US dive bomber 1942–1945 35 ca. [19]
Westland Lysander II UK army co-operation 1941–1943 25 ca. [20]
Westland Lysander III.T UK target tug 1941–1942 48 ca. [20]
Westland Wapiti UK army co-operation 1933–1942 28 [21]

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ ex-RAF World War Two lend-lease bombers refurbished by HAL.
  2. ^ Target tug from 1965, retired in 1967.
  3. ^ 247 built under licence by HAL.
  4. ^ PR.55 were T.55s converted to photo reconnaissance.
  5. ^ 60 T.55s built under licence by HAL.
  6. ^ licence built by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL)
  7. ^ improved Folland Gnat, includes 10 upgraded Gnats.
  8. ^ other variants remain operational.
  9. ^ 6 MiG-25RBK and 2 MiG-25RU
  10. ^ includes 42 built by HAL.
  11. ^ 26 aircraft bought in the 1990s.
  12. ^ Other variants still operational
  13. ^ Some sources indicate that the S-55 was in use until 1968
  14. ^ was used by Indian Navy, not IAF

Citations

  1. ^ "No.1 Service Flying Training School (India)". Archived from the original on 3 August 2012.
  2. ^ Consolidated B-24 Liberator [www.bharat-rakshak.com] Archived 2012-01-12 at the Wayback Machine. Bharat-rakshak.com (2007-01-18). Retrieved on 2010-09-08.
  3. ^ Jackson 1988, pp. 76–77.
  4. ^ name="Jackson 78"
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Canberra Farewell - Revell 1/72 B(I) 58 [www.bharat-rakshak.com]. Bharat-rakshak.com. Retrieved on 2010-09-08.
  7. ^ Andrade 1979, p. 239
  8. ^ "Indian Air Force Gallery :: Training in the IAF".
  9. ^ Donald 1997, p.523.
  10. ^ IAF-Tempest Archived 2014-08-24 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Archived copy". ibnlive.in.com. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Last Flight of the MiG-23 BN [www.bharat-rakshak.com] Archived 2011-06-09 at the Wayback Machine. Bharat-rakshak.com. Retrieved on 2010-09-08.
  13. ^ Pradhan & Chavan 2007, p. xiv
  14. ^ "MiG-27 goes into history: Legacy of Indian Air Force's bahadur valiant". India Today. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  15. ^ Swansong of the Iskaras Archived 2007-11-18 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ A Whale Of A Fighter: The Su-7 In IAF Service Archived 2009-12-30 at the Wayback Machine. Bharat-rakshak.com (1971-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-09-08.
  17. ^ a b c IAF-Spitfire Archived 2007-12-06 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Indian Navy to de-induct long-range patrol aircraft TU 142M after 29 years of service". The Economic Times. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 April 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ a b Westland Lysander in Indian Air Force Service Archived 2008-01-15 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ The Westland Wapiti in Indian Air Force Archived 2013-07-28 at the Wayback Machine

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