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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

IAF's HJT-16 aircraft in Yellow & Red paint scheme [Surya Kiran?]

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Indian Air Force's [IAF] HJT-16 Mk II trainer aircraft in an unusual Red & Yellow paint scheme.

Earlier today: IAF's HF-24 Marut fighter aircraft in desert camouflage pattern [Photograph]

Light Combat Aircraft [LCA] Tejas fitted with an In-Flight Refuelling [IFR] probe

Without IAF roundels these are, making the possibility of them being Surya Kiran unlikely, despite their bright colour scheme. Perhaps, some HAL milestone being commemorated. If these photographs were shot in 1989, the year marked HAL's Silver Jubilee [or if 1990, Golden Jubilee of its founding as Hindustan Aircraft Limited].

400% guesswork.

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HJT-16 MK II aircraft of Indian Air Force [IAF]

HJT-16 MK II aircraft of Indian Air Force [IAF]

via San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

The trainer aircraft in more conventional IAF colours

HJT-16 MK II aircraft of Indian Air Force [IAF]

HJT-16 MK II aircraft of Indian Air Force [IAF]

via San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

While we're at it, an Ajeet subsonic fighter aircraft, that was derived by further development of the Folland Gnat aircraft [also known as the Sabre slayer], which it was being license manufactured by HAL. Unsure if other Ajeets were similarly painted in blue, as standard paint job. Never came across other instances of such Ajeets.

HAL-Ajeet-Gnat-Indian-Air-Force-IAF-01

via San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Godspeed

Related: Surya Kiran, Indian Air Force's aerobatics team, in action [photographs]


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