Photos of Karachi Airport before Partition

Photo of Kala Chapra (Black Hangar). It was a huge black colored hangar constructed by the British in Karachi for the British R101 airship. Only three hangars were built around the world to dock/hangar the R101 airship. Unfortunately the R101 airship didn't arrive in India, it crashed early in its journey in France. This hangar was so huge that aircrafts used it as a visual marker while attempting VFR (Visual) landing at Karachi. This hangar was also known as the landmark of Karachi. During the '60s, President Gen. Ayub Khan unwisely ordered this hangar to be torn down. Thereby destroying a big part of the aviation heritage Pakistan. Photo taken 1941
Photo credit Brian Knight


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