The long overdue aviation museum was inaugurated at the Cochin International Airport Ltd (Cial) on Monday. The facility is close to the CIAL Academy and the newly-constructed international terminal.
The Polish jet, PZL TS-11 Iskra, used by the Indian Air Force to train pilots is one of the highlights at the 1.2 lakh sq ft museum. The aircraft has been specially brought from the air force base in Secunderabad.
“The aviation museum has been a cherished dream. It’s a little-known fact that Cial was planned, built and run on public-private partnership (PPP). The airport is a novel idea in infrastructure development. The entire history of the airport can be found in ‘CIAL Pavilion’ on the lower level of the museum,” said V J Kurian, managing director, Cial, after inaugurating the museum. The pavilion has panels on the history and construction of the airport, a model of a GSLV satellite, provided by the ISRO, among other showpieces.
The ISRO pavilion on the museum’s upper level includes models of aircraft, from the Wright Brothers’ first craft to ‘Kitty Hawk’, and an aerospace section with an audio-visual gallery. Peyton Manning Jersey