The Warbirds of India site has a very interesting display of many photographs of the various aircraft that are up on display throughout the length and breadth of the country. The Marut naturally features in many places. Kamla Nehru Park, Pune being one. Unfortunately one dismaying aspect was its condition. There is also a Canberra on display at a playground in Pune whose condition can only be termed disgraceful. Uncared and neglected over donkeys’ years, the local bodies, who could and should do something, couldn’t care less. The pity is that both these types were based at Pune and were probably the toast of the local people during public displays at Lohegaon in the past.
Like most of us, I have seen a lot of aircraft and military equipment in civil areas, lying in a state of shocking neglect, and they can only be termed relics. Another case that comes to mind is a Gnat at Chembur, Mumbai. I presume one of the reasons these aircraft are gifted to civic bodies is to promote awareness and instill interest in the Air Force. The state some of them are in, they are most unlikely to provide any motivation to the youth. So why are they there? More importantly, why are they in such a state and is it worthwhile continuing with this practice? I know it really is the job of the municipalities and others to maintain these exhibits. However, maybe a coat of paint every few years or even a thorough annual cleansing, by a local unit, would be a blessing. Let us just look after them ourselves, the best we can – after all these machines are our history.
From the Warbirds of India: As Geoff Boycott would say about the first three ” Rooobish”