President inaugurates naval maritime aircraft museum
Visakhapatnam: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday inaugurated the Naval Maritime Aircraft Museum here, featuring the maritime patrol aircraft Tupolev-142M, which served the Navy for almost three decades.
The museum, located at the famous Beach Road, will feature the reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft which was decommissioned in March this year.
With four engines and eight propellers, the TU-142 was the most formidable aircraft in the world while in service, an official said. The Soviet era aircraft had an accident-free record and served in various operations including the Kargil war, he added.
The Andhra Pradesh government spent Rs 10 crore over four months for the museum project, the official said, adding the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority will look after the museum.
As the city is prone to cyclones, special provisions, like erection of toughened glass shields to prevent damage to the aircraft and corrosion, have been made, the official said.