The Chandimandir cantonment houses the HQ of the Western Command of the Indian Army.The cantonment is located in Panchkula on the foothills of the Shiwalik Ranges.The cantt is also a hotspot for flora and fauna.
Interestingly,it is from the few Army cantonments which have warbirds and more so three of them!
Mil Mi-4 Indian Airforce VIP Colours at the Traffic Park
The Mi-4 was a Soviet origin transport helicopter used extensively for both civil and military purposes.The first of the Indian Airforce Mi-4s were inducted in the early 60’s before the Sino-Indian War.They were the mainstay of the IAF’s helicopter fleet until the induction of the Mi-8s.The Mi-4s served with more than six helicopter units including the No.104,105 and 110 HUs.The registrations began with BZ**** and Z****.Sadly ,this particular Mi-4 on display does not have its registration painted.
This helicopter is painted in the IAF VIP livery ,Mi-4s flew during the ’62 war and were used for POW exchange.The IAF accquired almost 100 such helicopters.
MiG-21M at Shopping Centre
The evergreen workhorse of the Indian Airforce , having served for 5 decades , the MiG-21 still remains as amazing as ever.Many examples of the aircraft have been displayed all across the country.Here is the one at Chandimandir-
The MiG has been installed just a few weeks back and just like the Mi-4 , the serial has been painted over.One thing which bothers is that , why does IAF paint every aircraft in the ‘Tipnis Grey’ when putting them on display.Would be way better if they are allowed to retain their original squadron markings and liveries.
Cheetah’s are used by the Indian Army primarily for high altitude operations and the helicopter is still the backbone of the Army Aviation Corps.
The Cheetah at the cantonment is pole mounted just beside a road to T-11.The Cheetah is painted in the Camo livery and has Z6613 as its serial,which is probably fake and should be either Z2613 or Z1613.
The helicopter is in a pretty well maintained condition and the cockpit and the instrument panel has been left in good shape.
It is good to see this variety of warbirds at a Army cantonment.