Istanbul Air Force Museum

Istanbul Air Force Museum
Istanbul Air Force Museum

The Istanbul Air Force Museum is located next to the military airport in Yeşilköy and exhibits Turkish air force planes.

At the end of the First World War, the fact that the aircraft belonging to various nations, the oldest of which belonged to 1912, and the presence of one, two and three of each type of aircraft made by the Germans during the First World War in the hangars led to the decision of the Air Force Inspectorate to establish an air museum. . The seizure of loot aircraft captured from the enemy has also begun to be seized for the same purpose. However, these planes collected for the museum were planned to be taken to Kartal Maltepe in order not to be damaged during the War of Independence, but some of the planes were badly damaged during the transportation. These damages and the plane crashes during the War of Independence delayed the idea of ​​establishing an air museum.

In 1960, the Commander of the Air Force at the time, Hv.Org. Irfan Tansel in Turkey with the directive came the idea of ​​establishing air museum on the agenda published in 1963 and for this purpose an order of protection and one each from Air Force aircraft used in other unions have been asked. As a result of the work carried out in 1966 Air Museum Organization it was formed and May 15, 1971 in Izmir Cumaovası opened Turkey's first air museum in the Civil Airport.

Izmir Cumaovası between the years 1971-1978, Turkey's first air museum operating in the Civil Airport, has been formed with the location of expediency because visitors refused to withdraw the accessibility and the first air units of which are found to be a more suitable location for the museum because of its place of establishment Yesilköy museum of transport. The construction of the museum building started in 1977 and was opened to visitors on October 16, 1985.

For the reasons explained above, the construction of the new Air Museum building started in 1977 and was completed in 1983. The interior architecture and decoration of the museum, which is built on a total area of ​​2.365 m², including 12.000 m² of indoor and 65.000 m² of outdoor exhibition areas, in a modern museum understanding, was carried out by the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture, Survey and Monuments and by technical staff and experts from Mimar Sinan University. and on 16 October 1985 by Air Force Commander Gen. Halil SÖZER.

Various aircraft and helicopters used by the Turkish Air Force in the aircraft hangar and open area; Souvenirs of people identified with aviation history in the Hall of Memories; Various engines of propeller and jet aircraft in the engine section; Weapons used in aviation history at the Hall, and today information on the development of various weapons and used my acroterion Turkey, Clothing imitation of the Hall of the Ottoman aviator outfit until today, the aviators of use are offered to visitors.

Within the museum, there is a library (for researchers on leave), a conference (cinema) hall, a cafeteria, and a gift shop.

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