HAL Gnat [E261]
MC HQ's first warbird
The first warbird at the HQ building was a HAL Gnat. The aircraft was occupied a place of pride and it was displayed exactly in front of the HQ Building. However it was to be displaced by a MiG-23BN [SM262]. This was aparently inagurated by Air Marshal S S Gupta, AOC-in-C Maintanance Command just prior to its retirement. The Gnat was then shifted and pole mounted elsewhere.
Ashit Chakraborty who hails from Nagpur , but now settled in Thailand, confirms that the Gnat was the sole warbird in Nagpur for sometime, and has since then sent us the photo featured below. The aircraft was in service for sometime flying from Srinagar Airfield, as can be seen in the accompanying period picture. It was possibly flown by No.2 Squadron during its days in Srinagar airfield.