J. R. D. Tata Auto Collection

Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (JRD Tata) had a craving for cars, flying and other jaunts around this. JRD always wanted a Bugatti since he was a child, but his father refused to buy one. Later in 1926 JRD’s father changed his mind transferred money to buy Bugatti. In 1927, JRD was seen with his Bugatti, a 2000cc Grand-Prix race car where he recorded the fastest time of the day in World Parade Bombay speed trials.

J.R.D. Tata With His Car Bugatti

J.R.D. Tata With His Car Bugatti

J.R.D. Tata with His Aircraft

J.R.D. Tata with His Aircraft

JRD also had a great interest in flying. On February 10, 1929, he became the first Indian who was granted the pilot license by the FAI. He also took part in an air race from London to Bombay, which he lost by a couple of hours. Being India’s first pilot, he played a very important part in the expansion of the air travel industry in India. In the year 1932, JRD established Tata Airlines, which after 14 years in the year 1946 eventually became Air India. He along with his good friend Nevill Vintcent built the TATA Airlines.

He is also known as the father of civil aviation of India. In 1948, JRD also credited to his name the establishment of Air India International. And he also became the president of IATA within a decade of its establishment. JRD himself flew his inaugural flight, which was from Karachi to Bombay. JRD Tata was the one who gave the idea to have two separate ventures in the aviation, one for domestic and the other for overseas.