Remarks: Designed and developed by the HAL under the leadership of Dr. K.W. Tank. Marut was a single seat twin engined ground attack fighter. Marut trainer displayed here had 2 seats in tandem with duplicated controls. First flight: June 1961. Power plant: 2 Orpheus 703 turbojet engines.Thanks to Brian for the editing.
Remarks: The first flight of the HJT-36 was done on 7th March 2003 by Sqn Ldr Baldev Singh (Retd), Chief Test Pilot (Fixed Wing (FW)) of HAL. He took up the IJT on its maiden flight, which lasted for about 20 minutes.Editing - Brian.
Remarks: HAL's first ever indigenously designed and built aircraft was the HT-2 piston engined trainer that flew in the late forties. The HT-2 was designed by a team led by Dr. V M Ghatge, and after its sucessful evaluation was the Indian Air Force's ab-initio trainer from the late fifties to the mid eighties. The aircraft was initially equipped with a Cirrus-Major engine and resembled the DHC-1 Chipmunk. In the mid eighties, some numbers were re-engined with the Lycoming Piston engine and saw service flying with the Flying Instructor's School (FIS) in Tambaram AFS.This is a Lycoming powered example , a rather rare one.