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Aircraft Museums

USS Yorktown, Charleston harbour, South Carolina (U.S.A.), May, 2012

October 30, 2012 |

The carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) was in service with the US Navy till 1970; since 1975 it is in use as a museum in the Charleston (South Carolina) harbour, hosting a large number of retired US Navy aircraft on both the flight deck and the hangar deck. Frank was in Charleston on 2 May 2012 and visited the USS Yorktown then.

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Hickory Aviation Museum, North Carolina (U.S.A.), April, 2012

October 30, 2012 |

The Hickory Aviation Museum has s a (nicely restored) collection of cold war fighter planes, brought together by a group of aviation enthusiasts of Hickory (a small town in North Carolina). Aircraft sitting in this museum are originals: e.g. Corsair 154345 that is on display is the real 154345 that flew with VA43 “Marauders” on board USS America in the late sixties! The origins of the F-5 are questionable though; it appears to have a Swiss wing. The museum, located at Hickory Regional Airport was established in 2007. Frank visited the place on 30 April 2012.

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Spanish Air Force Museum, Madrid, November 2011

October 30, 2012 |

Spanish Air Force Museum Madrid, Spain, November 2011 The Museo del Aire -the museum of the Spanish Air Force- is situated a few kilometers south of Madrid, in a corner of Cuatro Vientos AB. It exhibits an impressive and interesting collection that includes rare birds such as the Heinkel HE-111, the Junkers JU-52 and onr of the three aquired Boeing KC-97L Stratotankers, used to do in-flight-refuelling of the Spanish Phantoms. And although especially the outside part of the display could use a bit of maintenance/repainting it is well worth visiting! Frank was in the Museo early November 2011.

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Fliegermuseum Altenrhein (Switzerland ), May, 2011

October 30, 2012 |

This museum (situated in the north-eastern corner of Switzerland on the civil airport of Altenrhein) is a private enterprise manned with volunteers only, open on Saturday- and Sunday afternoons. The museum claims that their entire collection is in a flyworthy condition and indeed, most aircraft bear, except for their previous military markings, a civil registration as well. Frank visited the museum in May 2011.

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Technik Museum Speyer (Germany), May, 2011

October 30, 2012 |

In May Frank visited the Technik Museum in the German city of Speyer (near Frankfurt). Next to other technical hardware (cars, locomotives, boats) this museum has over 60 aircraft on display; they are presented in their “active” mode (meaning that most of them are displayed as if they were flying, placed on poles or hanging on the cealing) and that gives the exhibition a somewhat strange outlook. Some of the aircraft wear their original livery, others have been repainted to give them an exotic outlook. Nevertheless, a nice place to visit!

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PS Aero Museum, Baarlo (NL), May, 2011

October 29, 2012 |

This is not really a museum, more a storage depot: Piet Smedts (the PS from the museum title) buys and sells military aircraft from air forces surplus stocks. He presents them to possible customers in his large workshop at Baarlo (province of Limburg). It is his intention to display his aircraft in a more sophisticated way in the years to come though. Frank visited the area (the museum is in Baarlo, storage is in Kessel) in May 2011.

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Israel Air Force Museum, November, 2010

October 29, 2012 |

Israel has a very interesting aircraft museum, located in a corner of Hatserim Air Base. Hatserim is in the Negeb desert, some 150 kms south of Jeruzalem. The museum exhibits all types that ever entered service with the Israeli Air Force. Hatserim Airbase also houses a storage centre which is adjacent to the museum. Frank was there in November 2010 and pictured both in the museum as well as some of the aircraft held in open storage.

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Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York (U.S.A.), September, 2010

October 29, 2012 |

The USS Intrepid has a weight of over 40.000 tons, is over 300 metres long and served as an aircraft carrier in the USNavy from 1943 till 1974. The ship is now anchored in the New York harbour and houses the Air-Sea-Space museum: a remarkable collection of aircraft from several nations and decades. (This gallery courtesy Tim Klaassen)

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Turkish Air Force Museum Istanbul, April, 2010

October 29, 2012 |

The museum of the Turkish Air Force is in Yesilkoy, one of the suburbs of Istanbul; it houses a great collection of cold war and modern (F-16) fighters, as well as training-, light- and transport aircaft. Frank visited the site in April 2010.

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Planes of Fame Museum, Arizona USA, May, 2009

October 29, 2012 |

The Planes of Fame Museum sits in two locations: one in California (Chino) and one in Valle, Arizona. Frank visited the Valle site in May 2009.

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