:: Introduction ::
Aeroseum aviation museum, Gothenburg, Sweden (April 2007) - Aeroseum is a new aviation museum, housed in a cold war era underground airbase. With the former airbase declassified, a fascinating museum has been established behind the 180 ton blast proof doors by the Aeroseum Foundation. The underground hangar system is worth a visit on its own and the exhibits of jet and propeller aircraft, helicopters, military vehicles, missiles, communication technology, demonstrations of aviation principles and engines is far from boring. Highly recommended! View the report and photo gallery for more.
Flying with a glider (September 2007) - I ran across a glider airfield almost by accident and asked them to take me up. Ever since I'm resisting the temptation of glider of my own. Follow the link for photos and a written account of that morning.
Tartu aviation museum (September 2007) - I never knew that there was an aviation museum right here in Estonia. They achieved remarkable success within a few years after the foundation in 2002. Check out the account for photos. Accopding to email correspondence with the museum founder, they'll add to it soon.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy museum, an annex of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum (February 2008) - thanks to the generous private donation, visitors now can see exhibits that used to be stored in warehouses or were crowded in elsewhere. Among the top exhibits are the SR-71 by Lockheed Skunk Works, a Space Shuttle, Concorde, Joint Strike Fighter, Tomcat F-14 and many more. It's next to the Washington Dulles International Airport.
Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (February 2008) - this is the most popular of the Smithsonian museums, which really is saying something. In the center of Washington DC, it has something for everybody - aviation, space exploration, rockets, missiles, history, play areas for kids, a cinema and the most important collection of aircraft anywhere.
London Science Museum (May 2008) - among the popular attractions of London. The building is packed to the brim with milestones of science. Two floors are dedicated to space and aviation.
The Riga aviation museum (May 2008) - a superb collection of ex-Soviet planes and helicopters, including some exceedingly rare exhibits. It's right next door to the Riga airport. The downside is the state of disrepair.
The RAF Waddington International Air Show 2008 (July 2008) - this made my previous air show memories insignificant. The flight display of the recently restored only flying Avro Vulcan was marked the Vulcans return to its former V-force home at Waddington. The British integrated air operation display and Patrulla Aguila were events to remember. Last in this list, but not least - the sheer power and computer assisted precision of the Eurofighter Typhoon is inspiring.
The Duxford Imperial War Museum (July 2008) - perhaps the greatest aviation museum in Europe by its massive size and the important display items. It's just an hour and 70 kilometers north from London. Improving the experience further, I visited it during the Flying Legends 2008 air show.
The Flyig Legends air show (July 2008) - one of the few occasions where all versions of the Spitfire, P-51 Mustangs and other heritage craft take to the skies.
London Imperial War Museum (August 2008) - smaller cousin to Duxford IWM. The aviation related exhibits aren't numerous, but land wars and naval battle pieces are.
Prague Kbely Aviation Museum (September 2008) - the former Czechoslovakia is one of the countries that had a significant aviation design and manufacturing industry. While efforts have been downscaled since, the Prague Aviation Museum (Letecké muzeum), Kbely, Czech Republic is a proud reflection of the glory era.
Old Aeroplane Company Tyabb (September 2009) - Old Aeroplane Company Tyabb is a small privately owned aviation museum with volunteer mechanics being happy to show you around.
Ansett Transport Museum (September 2009) - Ansett Transport Museum is a tiny museum with a gift shop and a small hangar that portrays the history of the formerly major Australian airline group that collapsed in 2001.
Australian War Memorial, Canberra (September 2009) - Canberra is a capital with grand buildings and interesting museums. Among these is the Australian War Memorial that chronicles the involvement of Australians in various conflicts over the last 100+ years.
Canberra NASA Deep Space Communication Complex (September 2009) - the mountains surrounding Canberra hold hidden surprises that you must know about to find. This is one of them - a NASA outpost hosting some scientists, lots of satellite dishes and a visitor center. You will also find the Mount Stromlo observatory nearby.
This website is a collection of thoughts and visits to aviation related sites.