The MIG 21 aircraft placed in front of the College of Aeronautical Engineering has been the centre of attraction for the people of the entire North-east, as an Airforce aircraft in civil area inside the college campus is rarely to be seen.The MIG 21 is one of India’s most sophisticated and lethal fighter aircraft. The Aircraft was procured by the college after lot of struggles and hardships. The Govt. of India has immensely helped the college in fulfilling its initiative of creating the aeronautical awareness in the North Eastern region.

The Govt. of India has always provided its full support for the college in providing quality education to the students of North-East and has shown its involvement by handing over the MIG 21 aircraft for practical training purposes. The Indian Air Force handed over the aircraft to the college on behalf of Govt. of India.

A lot of dignitaries have put in great effort and helped the college in bringing this MIG 21 Aircraft to its premises in the year of 2008. We feel proud to remember :

• President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
• Governor of Assam, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Ajay Singh (PVSM AVSM)
• Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh
• Defence Minister of India, Shri. A.K. Anthony
• Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri. P.A. Sangma
• Secretary, North-East MP Forum, Dr. Arun Kumar Sarma
• Air Marshal P.K. Barbora (PVSM VM ADC), Vice Chief of Air Staff
• Air Marshal A.K. Gogoi (AVSM VSM)
• Air Vice Marshal S.S. Gunashekhar (AVSM VSM)


Most important data of this aircraft (Courtesy Headquarter Indian Air Force)

• Aircraft Registration No. – U 658
• Date of manufacturing – 16th August, 1967
• Manufacturing country – United States of Soviet Russia
• Total life (hours allotted) – 3000 flying hours
• Month of induction into Indian Air Force – September 1968
• Total hours flown by Indian Air Force – 2930 hours
• Last Squadron under which the aircraft was flying - MIG Observational Flying training unit (MOFTU)
• Aircraft last flown by Squadron Leader G.S. Chauhan
• Airforce unit from where aircraft was released – MOFTU (Tezpur Airbase)
• Date of landing aircraft in college premises – 12 January, 2009
• Actual comparison cost – More than 100 crores
• Weight –10,400 kg(Take off)
• Fuel Capacity – 4,380 Litre
• Maximum Speed – 2,175 km/hr at 13 km altitude

Air Marshal S K Bhan (AOC-IN-C, EAC, Indian Air Force) had handed over MiG-21 Aircraft to College of Aeronautical Engineering on 31st Aug 2009. Air Vice Marshal V M Khanna (SMSO, EAC), Mr Ramesh Ch Jain (D C Kamrup), Dr P K Goswami (Director Technical Education), Air Comdr A P Garud (AOC, 19 Wing, IAF) also present





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