Museums and Collections

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Among the biggest collections in the world is the US Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio. Four huge hangars hold more than 200 aircraft, which show airplane development of war fighting machines from WW I to current generation of stealth technology. They are all displayed in immaculate conditions in this superb and renowned collection.

Former RAF Berlin-Gatow station today houses the GAF collection, that had been relocated from Uetersen near Hamburg to the new German capital in the early nineties. Most interesting is the collection because of the amalgamation of hardware from East and West.

The Czech Republic has a long tradition in aeroplane design through the Aero and Let companies. It also licence-built German (Me-109, Me-262) and later Russian types (MiG-15, MiG-21, Il-14). A good restrospective view on the developments is given in the excellent military collection in Prague-Kbely, which has in recent times put more attention on acquisition and restoration of western aircraft types and sadly seems to suffer from significant underfunding.
Mil Heloes

Among the most impressive collections also is the Monino Air Force museum near the Russian capital. The helicopter corner holds a good selection of the Mil helicopter types, ranging from the Mi-1, -2, -4, -6, -8, -10, -24, -26 to the gargantuan V-12, several types of which can here be seen.
Washington-Garber Facility

The National Air Space Museum in Washington D.C./USA is one of the most prestigious collections in the world. Not merely by its exhibits on the Mall but rather because of the depot facility, which still holds numerous one-off examples of aviation heritage. As it is not possible to display all of them at any one time, one after another is receiving detail attention in the Silver Hill facility outside the US capital to finally be incorporated in a new museum complex on the Washington-Dulles Airport by 2003.
Silver Hill