After years of active service, most aircraft are scrapped for parts or stored in the desert. The lucky ones end up in a museum. This special is dedicated to those aircraft placed "out of service".
In this in-depth special we will present some of the greatest aviation museums with lots of special "out of service" aircraft on display.
Castle Air Museum is located on the grounds of former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, Ca. The museum shows more than 50 aircraft, from World War II, the Cold War and present day. The collection includes some exclusive aircraft like the only RB-36 remaining.
98 photo's and inventory logs
Hermeskeil Aviation Museum officially named Flugausstellung Leo and Peter Junior, has the biggest privately owned collections of military and civil aircraft in Germany. The collection with over 100 aircraft on display has some unique aircraft from the Cold War age. Lots of former East German military aircraft are on display but also Germany’s military allies during that period.
91 photo's and inventory logs
The largest Russian aircraft museum in the world is located on the site of the former Monino airfield east of Moscow. With over 170 aircraft, mainly from the Cold War-era, this museum is a must see! The collection has many unique (one-off) aircraft and prototypes. For example the only existing Sukhoi T-4, Myasishchev M-50 and ground effect Bartini Beriev VVA-14 can be seen here.
The China Aviation Museum, often referred to as Datangshan, is China’s biggest Aviation museum with a collection over 300 aircraft. The museum offers a great collection dating from the Korean- and Cold War, till current Chinese airpower. The museum is located 60 km north of Beijing, near the town of XiaoTangShan, and was once part of the Shahezhen airbase.
By 1966, MASDC (now called AMARC) had collected an informal display of aircraft near the main entrance of the base. The collection was around 30 aircraft but not accessible for the general public. The idea of a permanent aircraft museum was conceived in 1966, by te MASDC commander at that time, Colonel I.R. Perkin. Later that year the Pima Air Museum was founded by members of the Tucson chapter of the Air Force Association. They obtained a 320 acre parcel of government surplus land south of Davis Monthan AFB.
We visited the March Field Museum located next to the March ARB in Riverside, CA. The March Field collection now includes 68 aircraft. On display are many aircraft which served on the March Air Base in there active service years.
In this two-page special we will take a look at some of the aircraft on display and provide a historical background report.