September 30, 2022

Displayed at the Glider 'Drome'

Ouragan IC-585 at the Gliderdrome at the National Defence Academy. Photo Courtesy : Kapil Chandni

Recently when Kapil Chandni visited NDA, he rediscovered the Ouragan. It has been moved to the Academy’s The Ouragan was first reported by Rahul M, who sent us the earlier pics of the Warbirds at NDA Khadakvasla. Rahul has told us that he was quite sure that an Ouragan was there by the Cadets mess which has now gone missing. The status of this aircraft had been marked down to “Missing”.

Click to Enlarge The serial number is visible in this view of the Ouragan IC-585 . Photo Courtesy : Kapil Chandni

Recently when Kapil visited NDA, he rediscovered the Ouragan. It has been moved to the Academy’s Airstrip/Gliderdrome. The NDA has acquired about a dozen Demona Motorised Gliders last year and has been actively using them to train the Cadets earmarked to join the Indian Air Force. The Ouragan is now displayed at the Gliderdrome.

The Ouragan carries two tip tanks and is displayed on mounted platforms under the wheels. Photo Courtesy : Kapil Chandni

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Click to Enlarge Care has been taken to replicate the exact markings of the Ouragan to a very great detail. The insignia of the No.4 Squadron, The Oorials is visible prominently on the front fuselage. Photo Courtesy : Kapil Chandni

The aircraft [IC-585] is in excellent condition, with the Squadron emblem of the Oorials, No.4 Squadron prominently painted on its nose. The Cockpit canopy an windsheild have been painted over to protect the insides from UV rays.

The aircraft markings and details seem to have been reproduced in quite excellent detail. Marked as ‘R’ the photographs speak for themselves on the condition of the aircraft. Of the four Ouragans that have come to our notice till date, this one is clearly among the best.

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