Canberra [IF910] at Lohegaon AFS

Click to Enlarge English Electric Canberra B(I) 58 IF-910 displayed inside the airbase, this aircraft is in excellent condition and is mounted on jacks.

Lohegaon had been a permanent Airbase for Canberras from the time they were inducted till the time they reached the twilight of thier career. Besides Agra, Lohegaon is the only airbase to share the distinction of hosting the Canberra units for nearly two decades. One of the parent Squadrons here was No.35 Squadron. In the later years No.6 Maritime Squadron operated a flight of Canberra B66s till the early 90s.

English Electric Canberra B(I) 58 IF-910 displayed inside the airbase, this aircraft is in excellent condition and is mounted on jacks. Click to Enlarge

It is no surprise that there are two Canberras preserved in Pune. One on Lohegaon airbase itself, the second in the city. Canberra B(I)58 IF-910 is displayed inside the airbase, just behind the ATC Building. The place of display is not a permanent measure. It looks like a 'spot' was allocated on the tarmac and the Canberra moved into place and mounted on jacks. The Canberra is cordoned off with some metal posts driven into the concrete and chained off.

Close up of the front fuselage of IF-910 shows no stenciling or paint markings. All of them presumably overpainted while applying the 'Grey' scheme. Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge Rear three-quarter view of IF-910 shows the roundel and the false serial number 'F-910'

IF-910 is painted the dull IAF Grey. It appears to be in excellent condition. But the serial applied on it curiously says only F-910. Since there was no F910 in Indian service, it is believed that IF-910 is the closest match and hence the correct identity..

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