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Odisha’s first STATE AIRCRAFT for V.I.P flying was gifted by Maharaja of Mayurbhanj Pratap Chandra Bhanjadeo for a token amount of One rupee

Aircraft reg. No – VT-CNY
Model No – D18S Twin Beech
Manufactured by- Douglas Aircraft corp. USA
Year of Manufacture – 1942
Bhubaneswar:8/10/20: The aircraft, probably the first to touch the soil of Odisha was bought in the year 1945 by the flamboyant Maharaja of Mayurbhanj, a princely state of Odisha. His Highness Maharaja Sir Pratap Chandra Bhanjadeo used it extensively for his flying and later sold it to the government of Odisha in 1958 for a token amount of One rupee only. It was used as Odisha’s first STATE AIRCRAFT for V.I.P flying. Great personalities of Odisha like Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab and Ace pilot and most loved leader of Odisha, BIJU PATNAIK have used this Aircraft for their numerous sorties while forging the history of Odisha.
 In 1975 it was sold to M/s CAMA AVIATION COMPANY who after overhauling and refurbishing sold it to M/s COAL INDIA LTD. as their First Aircraft. Nearly two decades later in 1994 M/s COAL INDIA LTD. declared the aircraft as obsolete. Abandoned and stripped of its past glory. It was auctioned to a scrap dealer in 1996 where it was destined to be ripped of its body, character, and its prized place in Odisha’s aviation history.
 Stepping in … right on time, it was the MAYFAIR Group, committed to restoring the glory of the past preserving it for a generation to witness and to understand what history to restoring is all about. These vintage aircraft were bought and transported to Bhubaneswar from Kolkata by road which was a feat by itself. Today … standing tall, it its pride of place, at Mayfair, where this “FLYING HISTORY” rightfully belongs. (Source: Bharat Chandra Bhanj Deo FB Page)

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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