The captain of a Dubai-Amritsar flight remembered the “historic moment,” which marked “the beginning of an era of aviation” for India on the 90th anniversary of JRD Tata’s maiden commercial flight. By operating his first commercial flight from Karachi, Pakistan, to Juhu, Mumbai, on October 15, 1932, Tata created history.
“Indian aviation is celebrating a very special day today. A youthful JRD Tata wrote India’s history by taking his first commercial flight on this day 90 years ago, when he was only equipped with a pair of goggles, some navigational charts, and a slide rule.”
On his first journey, Tata brought 25 kg of air mail from Karachi and landed at Juhu, Mumbai, the man continued.
In 1932, JRD set up Tata Air Services, the first Indian commercial carrier to transport mail and passengers within India. In the absence of proper facilities, the firm was initially based out of a small hut with a thatched roof at the Juhu Airstrip in Bombay.On October 15, 1932, a date that made aviation history, JRD famously piloted the first-ever flight of the Tata Air Services from Karachi’s Drigh Road Aerodrome to Mumbai’s Juhu Airstrip via Ahmedabad. The aircraft was a single-engined De Havilland Puss Moth and it carried 25kg of 4-anna airmail letters.
We had no idea at the time, the pilot recalled, that this momentous occasion would pave the way for the founding of India’s illustrious airline, Air India, and the start of a new era in the country’s aviation history.
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