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VT-AHB, Circa 1939-1940  
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

If I could impose upon someone who might be able help identify something for me, I would sincerely appreciate it.

In a collection of travel items of my great aunts' and uncles' from the 1940's and 50's, I've run across one thing in particular that has me stumped, and even Google cannot help me decipher its meaning.

There is a silver and black printed card, the size of a modern-day postcard that has a wall hanger attached to the back and two holes punched into the opposite end. It has the scene of a mountain, and a train crossing a bridge, underneath which a steamship is moored at port with a crane loading or unloading cargo, and a sailboat passing by it. Behind the ship there's a truck appearing to begin to ascend a road up the mountain behind a horse-drawn cart that's further up the road.

In the skies above the mountain peak there is a propeller biplane with the registration VT-AHB and some indistinguishable airline markings, and the words WHY NOT FLY with an arrow pointing towards the plane. The engines appear to be attached to the top of the bottom wing.

At the bottom of the card it says: Season's Greetings 1939-1940 Juhu, Bombay, From R.K. Ghosh.

Does anyone know what this plane and airline might have been, and was Juhu a neighborhood of Bombay? I've also found references to it being a beach. Maybe where Bombay's airport was located at the time?

It was resting in a box underneath a green paperback book entitled "A Pocket Guide of Delhi (with map)", compiled by C. M. Mehra, 8th edition, 1939, that is 110 pages.

I'm assuming these were souvenirs from one of my great aunt and uncle's first trips to India prior to WW2. I don't know who R.K. Ghosh is, but may have been a friend or business contact, as my great uncle was a section editor for the San Francisco Chronicle at that time.

I've also found the records of a 20-day tour of Mexico from San Francisco for a tour and cruise where another great aunt and uncle flew Pan American to Mexico City and back, with the itinerary all hand-typed on parchment paper from the summer of 1948. I might type it for a historical trip report if anyone thinks it might be an interesting read.

Thanks in advance for any help you could provide.

Cheers.

-AW


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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2444 times:

VT-AHB was a DeHavilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide that belonged to Tata Airlines, the predecessor of Air India.

Juhu airport was the predecessor of the current airport (and remains in use as a general aviation field). I quote from a chapter of my in-progress book about Indian aviation (which will probably never be finished at the rate I'm going!).

Quote:
Commercial aviation in Mumbai started on October 15, 1932 when J.R.D. Tata flew a Puss Moth aircraft carrying mail from Karachi and landed at Juhu grass strip (VAJJ) which is located 4 kilometers away from the present Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport. The Juhu air strip was situated at the edge of the sea and was consequently unsuitable for expansion due to war requirements during the 1940s. As a result, a new location was selected in the suburb of Santa Cruz. Following the war, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) took over the airport from the Air Force in 1946.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2431 times:

Thank you so much! That points me in the right direction after some rather confusing Google searches.

I knew they'd flown the Pan Am Clipper across the Pacific, but that's all I was aware of. When I get to visit Mumbai, I'll have to make a trip out to Juhu to see this airport!

Cheers.  Smile



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

Obviously Re-registered
The DGCA Website lists it as:-

http://dgca.nic.in/aircraft/reg-ind.htm

Registration No. VT- AHB
Aircraft Name CESSNA CARAVAN I-208B
Manuf.Sr.No. 208B-1064
AUW 3977
Class A
Owner MSPL LIMITED CO-OPERATIVE COLONY
Operator MSPL LIMITED CO-OPERATIVE



Quoting AeroWesty (reply 2):
When I get to visit Mumbai, I'll have to make a trip out to Juhu to see this airport!

Juhu Aerodrome is near Juhu Beach,near Santacruz Airport.I'm presuming that the Card was from a Friend by the name of Ghosh.

Go to the Juhu Aerodrome from the Juhu side is Quicker.The Other Entrance is from the SV Road End,& the third is through Pawan Hans which is restricted.

Normally used for Private Jets/Bombay Flying club Aircraft & Pawan Hans Dophin 365s.A few IOC Mi8s too.
It houses Hangars for Bombay Flying Club,Cama Aviation, INDAMER Aviation, ONGC,DGCA Staff Housing Qtrs,Pawan Hans Hangar,Mescos Aviation.



regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2369 times:

Mel, what about the reliance choppers. where are they parked?

What plane do the ambanis fly?


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