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:: Estonian (formerly Tartu) aviation museum, Estonia ::

The day I went for a joyride in a glider, I also went to the Tartu aviation museum. Obviously the visit was not quite as dramatic as the almost 200 ton doors of the Aeroseum and it's big hangars that were carved into solid granite to withstand a nuclear blast. But I was amazed to find, first of all, that there even is an aviation museum in Estonia and second of all that it's fairly rich in the planes it displays, well organized and that it's growing at a good pace. It's also amazing that it has been founded in the second biggest town of Estonia (actually even a bit south from it). I suspect it's because it's one of the oldest education cradles of Europe with it's university and because the Tartu Aviation College also resides there.

Suprisingly, aviation in Estonia is not as new of a thing as I thought. The first aero club was founded in 1908 (just a few years after the first motorized flight) and that the first Estonian republic had an airforce starting from 1918. With the Soviet occupation, all the 65 planes that the Estonian airforces had along with the ground and naval airfields, were taken by the occupation forces or dismantled during the war. The occupation years of course brought another era of aviation to Estonia - many rocket bases (both nuclear and SAMs) and airfields, among them the second biggest military airfield of Eastern Europe. With the re-independence, Estonian aviation started to advance again in the early 1990s.

The Tartu aviation museum was opened in 2002. It's open every day from April to November from 10 am to 6 pm (check their website for latest information). I arrived just an hour before closing time and was 10 minutes late in getting out, but the friendly staff allowed me to finish taking pictures of the last objects I sought after. Overall an enjoyable visit.

My photos of the visit.
Official page: Tartu Lennundusmuuseum
Full address: Veskiorg, Lange, Haaslava vald, 62101 Tartumaa, Eesti


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