1954 U.S. Air Force Aeronautical Chart or Map of Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka

PalkStrait-usaf-1954
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Palk Strait Ceylon-India-Karikal-Pondichery.
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1954 U.S. Air Force Aeronautical Chart or Map of Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka

PalkStrait-usaf-1954


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Title


Palk Strait Ceylon-India-Karikal-Pondichery.
  1954 (dated)    22 x 29 in (55.88 x 73.66 cm)     1 : 1000000

Description


A fine 1954 U.S. Air Force aeronautical chart or map of the Palk Strait, between southern India and Sri Lanka. The chart covers from Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India to Puttalam in Sri Lanka. The cities of Puducherry (Pondicherry), Cuddalore, Thanjavur (Tanjore), Jaffna, Trincomalee, etc. are noted. The map is highly detailed and noted towns, cities, rivers, lakes, capes, bays, roads, railways, and other hydrographical and topographical features essential for the air pilot.

Adam's Bridge or Rama's Bridge between Rameswaram Island and Mannar Island is noted. Rama's Bridge or Rama Setu, is a limestone ridge separating India and Ceylon. According to the mythological epic Ramayana, the bridge was built by Hanuman and the Vanara (ape men) army of Lord Rama to reach Lanka and rescue his wife Sita from the evil king Ravana.

The bridge is believed to have been above water until the 15th century, until a cyclone in 1480 broke it and the channel deepened. Verso of this chart features legends and a world aeronautical chart index. This chart was published by the USAF Aeronautical Chart and Information Service, Washington 25, D.C., and was issued as chart no. 796. First issued in 1947, this is the fifth edition revised to July 1954.

Condition


Very good. Minor wear and toning along original fold lines. Minor spotting.