J R D Tata
October 15, 1932 was an exciting morning. Dressed in white trousers and a half-sleeved shirt, JRD Tata had only sunglasses and a slide rule in his hand. At the right time, he took off in a single engine ‘Pass Moth’ aircraft from Karachi to Bombay. The plane had 25 kilograms of air mail and at the same time a new history was being written on its wings.
On the occasion of the 89th anniversary of India’s first commercial flight, the Tata Group on Friday said that JRD Tata’s maiden flight was filled with a sense of adventure.
At the age of 28, Tata wrote history in the aviation sector of undivided India by landing in Juhu on this day almost 90 years ago. This incident was later to prove to be the cornerstone of the prestigious ‘Air India’ in the year 1946.
Tata group celebrates 89th anniversary of first commercial flight
The more than 150-year-old Tata group, which took steps to take back Air India almost a week ago, celebrated the 89th anniversary of its first commercial flight on Friday. Tata, the original owner of Air India, is also known for inspiring and celebrating its heritage and its leaders to inspire its employees and people around the world.
The story of Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhai Tata (JRD Tata) is also an inspiration for the group and he has a special place for the group.
The company’s archives “Wings for a Nation”, reminiscent of those special moments of JRD Tata along with old photographs, mention memorable moments in detail. J. R. D. Tata said, “One zealous morning in 1932, I took the first flight from Karachi to Bombay with a Puss Moth, which was an inaugural flight, which was accompanied by our first valuable airport. As we headed towards our destination, I prayed silently for the success of our venture and the safety of those who worked for it.”
According to the company’s archives, the group invested two lakh rupees to start Tata Aviation Services in 1932. When the then Jawaharlal Nehru government nationalized Air India in 1953, JRD strongly opposed this move.
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