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Old 19th September 2015, 15:57   #76
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Close-up photos of a Marut HF-24 fighter-bomber model at home.

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The two port side 30mm Aden cannons visible (two more on the starboard side). Fuel drop tank for range and the 68mm rocket pod with 18 rockets.

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Long sleek airframe designed for transonic and supersonic speeds. The latter sadly never got used as an adequate engine could not be found that others were willing to sell to us or provide a manufacturing license for.

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The starboard (right side) engine exhaust. Note the knife edge half down the span of the wing. This scrubbed the fast flowing air and made it stick over the wing to improve the grip of the ailerons (used for banking).
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Origin of the phrase 'JAI HIND'

A little off topic but on the occasion of our 68th Republic Day I thought this should be shared with all BHPians.

JAI HIND is the common form of greeting in the Armed Forces. Ever wondered where the phrase originated from. The term was coined by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

It went like this.....after escaping from house-arrest in Calcutta in January 1941, Subhas Chandra Bose arrived in Berlin in April 1941, via Kabul and Moscow. In Berlin, he set up a Free India Centre and from amongst the prisoner-of-war Indian soldiers captured in North Africa, he raised an Indian Legion which numbered about 4000 soldiers from all castes, communities and religions integrated in the unit. Bose asked his aides to “find a common national greeting that would have a nice ring to it and would be acceptable to all religious communities”. One day, Abid Hasan, one of his deputies, heard some Rajput soldiers greet each other with “Jai Ramji Ki”, a phrase that had a musical quality (and is common in North India). Hasan changed it to “Jai Hindustan Ki.” This while good did not quite work....it was a little too long. This morphed into an shortened form “Jai Hind” which sounded just right and Netaji embraced it as India’s national greeting. This phrase became India’s national slogan in 1947 and has rung across the country for 7 decades.

Sourced from “His Majesty’s Opponent” by Prof. Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University

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