Exhibition of Delhi's aviation history to be opened today

Staff Reporter

Gives a chance to follow the magnitude of aviation boom

NEW DELHI: While the Capital may be famous for its architecture, its contribution to the growth of aviation in the country has largely remained unrecorded. In an attempt to give people a chance to browse through this bit of history, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has put together an exhibition on the aviation history of Delhi that will be inaugurated here on Saturday.

From the first machines that flew into the Capital to the first woman who made history by taking to the air -- Sarla Sharma Thakral -- the exhibition is about these pioneers who seem to have been forgotten in an age of gleaming machinery and instant communication.

"This exhibition focuses on Delhi and the surrounding airports like Jodhpur and Gwalior," said Anuraddha Reddy, who has curated the exhibition.

Being the Capital, the grassy airstrips of Delhi were either for men in uniform or hobby flyers. And tracing the journey from Safdarjung to Palam, the exhibition gives viewers a chance to really understand the magnitude of the aviation boom.

"The exhibition took a month of research. It is important for people to know the early contributors of aviation. There were no engineers, no communication like there is now. Nor were there mechanics or pilots. There are people who contributed hugely to aviation and I feel that people in the city should know this," said Ms. Reddy.

The exhibition will be on view behind Centaur Hotel near the airport.

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