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Hawker Sea Hawk - Survivor IN238

Mk.100 IN238 - Aeronauticum Nordholz, Germany

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Sea Hawk Mk.100 IN238 at Aeronauticum Nordholz, May 2016; Daren Eaton

In the sixties and seventies, the Indian Navy acquired a number of Sea Hawks from West Germany's Marineflieger. IN238 was handed back by Admiral R H Tahiliani to Rear Admiral W Engelman, Commander German Naval Aviation, on 19 Feb 1996 at INS Hansa. The aircraft was handed over as a gesture of friendship and fraternity between the German and Indian navies. During the last years of Sea Hawk use, IN238 was the only serviceable Sea Hawk available in the squadron for much of the time. This was the same Sea Hawk which on 16 December 1983, flew out with Commander UP Bapat at the controls to welcome the first three Sea Harriers to Dabolim (led by Commander Arun Prakash).

This Sea Hawk had amassed 1105.15 hours flying time and is displayed in German Navy colours at the Aeronauticum Nordholz Museum at Villingen-Schwenningen in Germany.

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