The aviation arm of the Indian Navy had a modest beginning with the induction of 'Short Sealand' aircraft, in the year 1953, with 10 amphibian Sealand aircraft. As the number and type of the aircraft grew and some got 'phased out' of the service, a need was felt to preserve the history, legacy and trace the growth of the naval aviation, and hence this museum, which is one of its kind in Asia. The museum was inaugurated on 12th Oct 1998 by Admiral RH Tahiliani (Retd.) - The first Naval Pilot to land a fighter aircraft, 'Hawker Sea Hawk' on the deck of aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on 18 May 1961.
Growth of Museum
The Museum initially had a small collection of 6 aircraft of World War II vintage - Sealand, Alize, Dove, Vampire, Sea Hawk and Hughes Helicopter. Today there are 15 types of aircraft at the museum and wide ranging exhibits including a scaled model of the aircraft carrier INS Viraat, complete with a ski-jump runway, and Sea Harrier jump jets on its deck. The museum also preserves the historic Super Constellation aircraft, which paved way for Indian Navy to take over Maritime Patrol duties from the Indian Air Force.
The Museum Today
The museum has gained popularity with adults and children alike. It plays host to students from schools and colleges, aviation enthusiasts, inquisitive tourists, Service and civilian dignitaries visiting Goa and even the local populace. It has been rated 4.5 (on the scale of 5) by TripAdvisor. Over 3000 students visited the Museum last year. The average ‘footfall’ during the peak season (October to January) is 3500 to 4000 visitors per month.
It would not be possible to describe in detail here, the wealth of information at the museum except to say that if you are a historian, an aviation enthusiast, or just plain curious to learn more about naval aviation, be prepared to spend at least a few hours here !
Entry fee and timings
|S. No.||Category||Revised Charges|
|(b)||Children ( 5 to 12 yrs )||Rs. 10/-|
|(c)||Student ( organize visit by institution )||Rs.15/-|
|(e)||Mobile Camera||Rs. 25/-|
|(f)||Still Camera||Rs. 40/-|
|(g)||Video Camera||Rs. 80/-|
The museum is open from 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs, on all days except Mondays and National Holidays.
How to Get There
Located on the road to Bogmalo beach, near Dabolim, Vasco-da-Gama, Goa, the museum can be easily reached by public or private transport. It has spacious parking for vehicles and the entrance is a few yards from the parking lot.