The Naval Aviation Museum
The Naval Aviation Museum Goa Reviews
Unique attraction in Goa Apr 28, 2011
Located just off the airport on the Bogmalo beach road The Naval Aviation Museum is a much overlooked destination within Goa. A tribute to the humble beginings and evolution of the Indian Naval Wing.
On display are a multitude of warbirds that served or are currently on active duty with the Navy. The museum is unique as it is one of only three of its kind in Asia and one of just seven Naval Aviation Museums world wide.
It consists of an out-door exhibit area and a number of indoor galleries spread out over two floors.
The aircraft on display include the giant Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation borrowed via the Navy from the Indian Air Force. Other aircraft on display include the Sea Harrier, Sea Hawk, Sealand, Alize, Dove, Vampire and India's first naval helicopter, the Hughes.
Indoors you are met with the sight of replicas of the aircraft carriers INS Vikrant and INS Virat along with assorted arms, vintage ammunation, sonar sensors and safety gear. Other items on display include weapons, guns, bombs, torpedoes, reconnaissance equipment, survival gear and cannons used by the naval aircraft throughout their history.
The museum also houses the history of Indian Naval Aviation with various memorabilia and rare photographs depicting different conflicts and also the complete story of Goa's liberation.
Being right next to the airport, one can often hear the jets on their practice sorties. The airport in Goa is primarily a Naval Air Base as well as the civil airport. The road to the museum skirts the boundry of the airport and cuts right accross the approach path to the sole runway.
If you are lucky enough you will be greeted with the awesome sight of MIG29 fighter jets screaming in DIRECTLY overhead at barely 150ft on their landing approach or Sea Harriers practicing their hovers barely 50-100 ft off the ground.....amazing sights to say the least but unfortunately not something you can easily capture on film for fear of a little thing called being thrown into prison :) if spotted by the guards in the perimeter watch towers.
Should you miss that sight you should be able to catch one of the numerous training jets, reconnasance aircraft and helicopters that are constantly practicing in and around the vicinity of the airport and all of this is in between the regular commercial passenger airlines also using the airport.
Photgraphy is allowed at the museum though with the cost of entry and the fee for a still camera amounting to about $1. The aircraft on display are not barricaded which means that you can get as close to the exhibits as you want and even touch them..... It allowed me to get into the BOMB bay for pictures and you can go through the constellation as well.
Awesome but also a bit of a bad thing as some of the exhibits now show small signs of vandalism.The extreme weather along with perhaps less than ideal maintinance are slowly taking their toll on the outdoor exhibits as well.
A special archive section comprising of a photo gallery where rare photographs are on display depicting the Naval Aviation History from 1959 onwards along with films and footnotes complete this amazing but often overlooked destination.
The museum is a great place for a family outing, aviation/naval/history buffs, photographers and anyone looking to see somthing apart from the regular touristy fare dished out by Goa. There are restrooms and light rehreshments available at the site. The staff are always courteous and helpful.
The museum is a great place to spend a leisurely hour or so before you can head on down to Bogmalo or Holland beach located behind the museum which provide the perfect setting for a sundowner.
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