Address: HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, Varthur Road, Bangalore.
Entry Timings: Open on all weekdays between 09:00 AM to 5:00 PM. All Mondays and National Holidays closed.
Tickets: Entry charge is Rs. 25, still camera charge is Rs. 10, video camera charge is Rs. 45.
HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum is located at a distance of about 5 kms. from Domlur Flyover towards old Airport road. The museum was established in 2001 and it is India’s first aerospace museum.
I found the history of HAL written inside a board in the museum with the title: Seth Walchand Hirachand
It was in 1940 that Seth Walchand Hirachand took the first step towards setting up what is today the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. It was then Hindustan Aircraft Limited. The first Harlow trainer was flown within seven months of inception of the company.
In the fifties, HAL was manufacturing indigenously designed HT-2 and Pushpak and also Prentice, Vampire fighter and trainer under license.
With the sixties came some dramatic achievements. In 1961, India’s first transonic aircraft HF-24 Marut was successfully flown. Designed, developed and produced by HAL, HF-24 became an integral part of the Indian Air Force. In 1964, became the metamorphosis of Hindustan Aircraft in to the giant Aeronautical Complex that it is today. It was in this year that it became Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Today HAL is the largest aeronautical complex in South Asia with capabilities of design and development, manufacturing and maintenance of aircraft, helicopters, engines, accessories, and avionics.
HAL has 19 production divisions, 10 research and development centers, located at various places in the country. The production divisions and R & D centers are located at Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Korwa, Korapat, Lucknow and Nasik with a work force of about 36,150 highly trained and skilled workers, technicians, engineers and scientists. HAL is the wings of India, with a firm commitment towards attaining total capability in air borne defence and diversifying in the related areas.
While, HAL has been playing a major role in meeting the military aircraft requirements, it has always been active with the civil aviation requirements also by way producing aircraft for flying clubs, agricultural and transport industries. Over the years, in addition to manufacturing a large variety of aircraft under license, HAL has also indigeneously designed, developed and manufactured an impressive variety of aircraft. In addition to manufacture HAL also repairs/ overhauls the aircrafts and their engines and related accessories. HAL has bulit up precision manufacturing and assembly skills and technological infrastructure to meet the extremely stringent requirements of the Aerospace Industry.
The facilities and technology available at HAL include:
- A well equipped foundry and forge for making sophisticated castings and forgings.
- State of the art CNC machines.
- Unconventional machining technologies such as electro-chemical machining and electric discharge machining.
- Electron beam welding, orbital welding, Auto Tig welding and vacuum chamber welding facilities.
- Advanced coating technologies using electro plating and plasma spray.
- State of the art facilities for the manufacture of composite structures.
The technology base of the HAL is also playing a significant role in diversification and growth. In the export front a wide variety of precision items, equipment and assemblies are exported to leading aircraft and airborne equipment manufacturers in UK, Europe, USA and the USSR. As a part of diversification, HAL has established a dedicated division to meet the requirements of Indian space programs for supply of structures of satellites and launch vehicles. HAL has also established another division for undertaking repair, overhaul and manufacture of gas turbines for marine and industrial (power generation) applications.
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