Indian Aerospace milestones ……………
- Ancient : Interesting ancient detailed literature in Sanskrit on concepts and constructs of flying machines
- 1895 : Shivkar B puji Talpade is said to have constructed and flown an unmanned airplane in 1895
- 1910 : First Flight in Asia in Allahabad by Humber Motor Company Mono plane named Bleriot X1
Second Flight of a biplane by Mr. G D'Ángelis, in March 2010 in Madras
- 1911 : First Recorded Aviation Operation for Military Exercise in Aurangabad
- 1928 : India's first civil aviation airport, Juhu, Mumbai
- 1929 : JRD Tata - India's first licensed pilot
- 1932 : India's first scheduled commercial mail service - Tata Airlines
- 1940 : Walchand Hirachand started Hindustan Aircraft Limited in Bangalore, which later became Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
- 1942 : The department of Aeronautical Engineering was started in December 1942 at Indian Institute of Science.
- 1946 : Tata Airlines converted into a public company under the name of Air India
- 1953 : Air India nationalized and two autonomous corporations created – Indian Airlines and Air India
- 1961 : India's first jet aircraft,HF-24 Marut took first flight on 17 June 1961, designed by Mr Kurt Tank and Indian engineers from HAL
- 1969 : Establishment of ISRO
- 1970-1980 : 1970, 'Chetak' and 'Cheetah' manufacture under licence from M/s SNIAS, France;a new division established to manufacture aircraft instruments and accessories at Lucknow HAL under license with many Licensors; Basant Aircraft(1972); In 1976 projects sanctioned for design & development of the HPT-32 elementary piston engine trainer, Kiran MK II (an improved version of Kiran MK I / IA) and Ajeet Trainer as well as for Advanced Light Helicopter; under licence agreement with British Aerospace, the Company started manufacture of 'Jaguar' aircraft In 1982, Agreement with USSR for production MiG-27M aircraft as a follow on project for MiG-21 BIS .
- 1989 : Agreement between Airbus (then Aerospatiale) and HAL to manufacture forward passenger doors for the A320 aircraft. This was the beginning of Indian participation in Global Commercial Aircraft Supply Chain.
- 1992 : 20th August 1992; First Flight of DHRUV (ALH); one of the finest helicopters in its class ,globally.
- 1998 : Vijaypat Singhania at the age of 67 creates the world record for his solo microlight flight from UK to India in 1998
- 2001 : 4th January First Flight of Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft)
- 2005 : A slew of activities begin with many small & big non-aerospace companies foraying into aerospace to meet sourcing requirements of global aerospace OEMs.
- 2007 : Boeing and HAL sign MoU to produce parts for commercial and military aircraft
- 2008 : Boeing establishes Aerospace Network Research Consortium (ANRC) in partnership with IISc, Wipro and HCL
- 2011 : January: LCA first level of operational clearance
- 2013 : Chandrayaan-I orbiting the Moon ,sent a Moon Impact Probe (MIP) on 14th November 2013,which conclusively made a path breaking discovery of presence of water molecule on the Moon;LCA ,Second Level of operational Clearance on 20th December. 2013
- 2014 : Mangalyaan successfully inserted into the planet's orbit on September 24, 2014, making India the first nation to achieve such a milestone on its first attempt. It was completed at a record cost of $74 million.
- 2015 : On 17 January 2015, the first Tejas LCA was officially inducted into the IAF, with final operational clearance (FOC) expected by late 2015. The first Tejas squadron, to be based at Bengaluru, is scheduled to enter service by 2017-2018.
Many Programmes on the anvil, being accelerated by Government and Private Sectors: MTA, FGFA, Light Jet,IJT, 5 to 18 seat piston and turbo props, UAVs –fixed wing and rotary wing; participation of over 100 companies at Tier1/Tier2/Tier3 levels in global supply chain of engineering and manufacturing rapidly growing.
Make in India and Make for the World