The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum is located in Bangalore at close proximity to the popular M.G Road and is the second largest public aviation museum in India. Spread over a staggering 10 acres of land, the HAL museum is a standing proof to the growth of the aviation industry in India, giving Bangalore the status of the City of Aeronautics. The HAL heritage centre and museum are popular tourist destinations in Bangalore and boast of a magnificent display of aircraft.
The Aerospace Museum is home to a collection of aircrafts and a rare photo exhibition that chronologically traces the journey and growth of HAL over the years. In addition to this, tourists can experience the thrill of flying an aircraft in one of the modern flight simulators. The museum also has a small souvenir shop that sells postcards, posters and mementos.
HAL was founded on the 1st of October, 1964 and was formed by a merger of Hindustan Aircraft Limited, Aeronautics India Limited and Aircraft Manufacturing Depot, Kanpur. HAL has been praised for its preservation of aeronautical history and its attempts to educate people about aeronautics.
HAL Attractions :
- Aircraft Displays: Though most of the aircraft are displayed outside the main building, it is only the HUL-26 Pushpak and the HAL Basant that are displayed in Hall 2. Hall 1, on the other hand, is circular in shape and contains seven galleries that trace the journey of HAL over the years. The gallery also has photographs of famous visitors, including the likes of Lord Mountbatten, King Zaheer Shah of Afghanistan and the Late King Birendra of Nepal. Recorded here are also important achievements like the first flight of the HT-2 and the HF-24. Most of these photographs are exceptional, exclusive and have never been seen before.
- The Air Traffic Control Building is one of the most enjoyable features of the HAL Aerospace Museum. A dummy ATC that gives a clear view of the Bangalore airport has been built where one can see aircrafts take off every hour. A minimal charge of Rs. 10 is levied on visitors and photography is not permitted.
- Aircraft Collection: This is the star attraction of the HAL Aerospace Museum. Spread out in the open is one of the most magnificent collection of aircrafts including the BAe Canberra B(I) 58-597, HAL LCA Mockup NA, HAL AHL Mockup IN-701 and the NAL Hansa VT-XIM.
Visiting The HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum :
The HAL heritage centre and aerospace museum are open from Monday to Sunday at 9 AM upto 5 PM. Visitors are charged Rs. 20. Still camera charges are Rs. 25 and video camera charges are Rs. 45. Entry for children and HAL employees is Rs.10, as is the entry to the ATC and flight simulator.