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Naval Aviation Museum Goa- A Destination for National Pride

For me, anything even remotely related to Indian army is a subject of great attention. When I read during my pre-Goa homework about Naval Aviation Museum, it promptly went into the bucket list of my upcoming trip. What made me more excited was the fact that- India has only two naval aviation museums and one of them is located Bogmalo beach Goa.

Our resort manager informed us that – though the Naval Aviation Museum remains open every day from 10.00 am- 5.00 pm (except Mondays); the transpiration options towards Bogmalo beach are fewer. So we decided to hire a cab. We went there on a Wednesday morning. The entry fee of this museum was only Rs.20. The museum had both outdoor and in-door display items. When we went to see the outside exhibitory, there were mainly 13 air craft’s on display with names like ‘de Havilland Vampire’ and ‘Lockheed L1049G Super Constellation’. But what caught my eyes was the – Fairey Firefly, the anti-submarine aircraft and carrier-fighter used in WWII by India.

Naval Aviation Museum Goa

Naval Aviation Museum Goa | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

The indoor exhibits were comprised of different sections. While one section displayed vintage photographs related to Indian navy, another section showed weapons used by navy including those that were parts of ships and submarines. But what made me brimming into national pride were the giant replicas of INS Vikrant and INS Viraat respectively. The history of Indian navy also was depicted in the museum and it made for interesting read.

Every Wednesday observes the presence of real life pilots in this venue to talk to the visitors. As we visited the place on Wednesday luckily, it made for a pleasant surprise when we saw the flesh-and-blood pilots were present in the museum to answer any question from any visitor. As I am an avid movie buff of bollywood, I always have had a secret crush on army pilots. Now seeing so many of our national heroes in front, my heart somersaulted in joy many times.

INS Viraat model at the Museum

INS Viraat model at the Museum | Image Resource : flickr.com

We spent nearly 3-4 hours in the museum and had to miss the 4D show ‘Angles in the air’- as our time was limited. But given the magnitude and diversity of Naval Aviation Museum, I think I could have spent the whole day there without feeling bored.

Naval Aviation Museum Goa – Made Me Bow down to India’s Glory

While the flea market is located at the Anjuna beach, the Naval Aviation Museum is in the Vasco da Gama town, and the distance between the two is 12 kilometres. I reached there in 15 minutes. First, I went to a nearby restaurant to buy some chips as I was feeling a little hungry. After finishing the chips, I bought tickets for the Naval Aviation Museum and entered the place.

naval aviation museum goa

Naval Aviation Museum Goa | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

The museum was a less crowded place when compared to other Goan places. It exhibits the activities and items, which represent the growth of the wing of the Indian Naval force over the years. The museum consists of two sections and they are the outdoor exhibits and the indoor exhibits. The outdoor exhibit space displayed various decommissioned aircraft along with their names and engines under a shade. The Short Sealand, Fairy Firefly, Hal ht-2, Hawker Sew Hawk, and Westland Sea King are some of the war birds displayed there. There were nearly 13 aircraft displayed in the outdoor section.

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Naval Aviation Museum | Image Resource : delhitourism.com

In the indoor section, the visitors can learn about key battles. It is divided into many rooms having different themes, which display military weapons inside ships and submarines. I also saw the ‘attire’ which showed the series of uniforms used by the officers of the Indian naval forces for several decades. I could also find many vintage and rarely seen documents and photographs depicting some vital periods in the history of Naval Aviation from the year 1959. One gallery holds huge replicas of the famous INS Viraat and INS Vikrant. A second gallery holds different kinds of bombs, torpedos, cannons and sensors utilized by the naval officers of India.

The Naval Aviation Museum is a glorious tribute to the origin and evolution of the Indian Naval Wing. I was feeling proud to be a citizen of such a great country, which has seen some really brave officers sacrificing their lives. The Naval Aviation Museum was so impressive that I could actually feel those aircraft flying and fighting to preserve us. With a heavy heart, I left for my next destination, which was the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. I was dying to visit the place for a long time as I am a big fan of wildlife.