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Riga Aviation Museum
The impressive outdoor exhibition features a variety of aircraft and tells visitors about their history.
At the Aviation Museum
- peek inside the cockpit of the Mi-6 helicopter,
- See the airplanes, fighter aircraft and helicopters,
- listen to what enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides have to say about performance of each aircraft, its fate, peers and how it ended up as one of the exhibits!
Collection of aircraft
The museum has a total of 47 exhibits. The museum’s collection of the Soviet-era aircraft is the biggest outside the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
History of the museum
The origins of the museum date back to 1965 when a training establishment, the Club of Young Aviators, was founded.
The club needed aircraft for training purposes so that the trainees could hone their skills. The Defense Ministry agreed to give to the club a decommissioned Mig-21US airplane, and the trainees restored it themselves. As the club’s activists gradually built closer contacts with the military, new, rather rare and even unique models of military airplanes and helicopters got added to the aircraft collection. As a museum, it officially opened in 1997.