A TU-142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft which was used by the Indian Navy for 29 years has finally been de-inducted from service. This aircraft made its final landing at Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on 7th April and will soon be converted to a museum which will surely be one of its kinds. Prime Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu was present at INS Dega on Friday to welcome this anti-submarine warfare aircraft after its last flight. Among the others who were present at the occasion were Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht and Civil Aviation Minister Mr. P Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
The aircraft was given a grand welcome with one P-81 aircraft, two Dorniers, two Kamolv Helicopters and three Chetak helicopters giving a flypast.
The CM stated that it was on the request of the AP Government that the aircraft was allotted to the state by the Defence Ministry to be converted into a museum.
This unique aircraft museum will be built on Beach Road. The aircraft will be dismantled and trailers will be employed to carry the parts to the destined spot where it will be reassembled.
Mr Naidu said that the museum will come up near the INS Kursura Submarine Museum on Beach Road. He further added that a team comprising of officials of the Indian Navy as well as the State Government will be designed, who will be responsible to undertake and coordinate the designing of this project.
He believes that this project will be instrumental in improving the knowledge of the common man about the way the Indian Navy operates and about its selfless service to the Nation.
TU-142M is considered to be one of the world’s fastest turboprop aircraft and has been serving the country since 1988.
This particular aircraft was de-inducted from its services by Admiral Sunil Lamba, Chief of the Naval Staff on 29th March at a ceremony which was held at INS Rajali at Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu. This is considered to be one of the premiere naval air stations of India.
An aircraft of the Soviet era, 8 Tu-142Ms were inducted into the Indian Navy in 1988. Considered to be world’s most formidable airborne reconnaissance platforms, these participated in various naval drills and operations since their induction.