Thursday, 27 September 2012



THE AVANA GARDENS SCRAP YARD OF THE ERSTWHILE MADRAS PRESIDENCY CONTINUES TO BE MY FAVORITE DE STRESS BUSTER ZONE.
ON 10.01.2012..I SPOTTED THIS TELEVISION TOWER LOOKING TUBULAR SCRAP.FOR SOME VAGUE REASON I THOUGHT OF THE CHETTIAR AVIATORS.INSCIDENTALLY THIS YARD WAS ONCE OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE GREAT AVADIAPPAN...THE 19 YEAR OLD BOY,ONE OF THE PIONEER AVIATOR OF THE EARLY 19OOs.
MY HUNCH WAS RIGHT .I WAS RESTING ON AN HISTORICAL AIRCRAFT.




TAKE A LOOK AT HISTORY...THE CHETTIAR AVIATORS.SAA.ANNAMALAI CHETTIAR,AVADIAPAN CHETTIAR  AND SOLAYAPPAN CHETTIAR MADE THE FLYNG TRIO AND THE GOOD  DR.RANGACHARY WAS CHRISTENED THE FLYING DOCTOR.























HARD CONVINCING AND LIENIENT NEGOTIATION GAVE ME THE OWNERSHIP OF YET ANOTHER PIECE OF HISTORY.TODAY THE BIRD SITS IN THE COSERVATION LABOROTARY OF THE STEVE BORGIA INDIAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AT INDECO HOTEL SWAMIMALAI,THE 1896 TANJORE VILLAGE.AWAITING RESTORATION.HERE ARE SOME DETAILS ON THE AIRCRAFT.









 












HISTORIC PLANE DETAILS

Date: 06th April 2012


ENGINE FRONT:      GIPSY MAJOR          95165 A 444 687   B64256 (DHE67) 

PISTON CONNECTING ROD:        205T3 

OIL FILTER:             1406-15A/2 

PLANE REGISTRATION NUMBER:   DWG NO: – EEA 2 – 20  ISSUE – 5  SERIAL NO – TAY 12788

BONNET:       DEA 74   DEA 5 

CARBURATOR:   1405-23A-6

FUEL TANK:        CAPACITY – 9.8  DWG NO: DEC 4  ISSUE B  SERIAL – TAY/6006 

CRANKCASE:       1901 150 5         

              


INTERESTINGLY,THE VILLAGE COMMUNITY WAKES UP.AN OLD CAR MECHANIC OF YESTER YEARS,CLAIMS TO GET THE ENGINE ROARING.WORK BEGINS.THE ENGINE IS NOW OPENED.
























WE HAVE COME THIS FAR AND THIS SOON .FRIENDS FROM ALL OVER ARE EXCITED AS MUCH AS THOSE FROM THE VILLAGE.MY EXCITEMENT IS LIMITED TO GETTING IT OFF THE PITCH HERE AND LANDING IT ON THE TARMAC IN KANADUKATHAN...A TARMAC THAT WAS BUILT FOR THIS AIRCRAFT BY THE CHETTIAR AVIATORS.WELL EVEN IF IT DOES NOT FLY WE WILL CARRY IT ON ROAD AND PUT IT THERE TO COMMEMORATE THE DAY WHEN CHETTINAD WILL BE NOMINATED AS AN UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.














THE RESTORATION IS STILL IN PROCESS.  FIND PHOTOS OF THE CURRENT STATUS.  THE FRAME HAS BEEN COMPLETED.  THE STRUCTURE IS LOADED ON THE WHEELS.  THE  ENGINE IS NEARLY READY TO ROAR.









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