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  Turkish Air Force Museum
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Text:

Andy Herzog

Pictures:

Andy Herzog

   
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HAVACILIK MÜZESI is the Turkish name of the Museum, close to the Atatürk IAP (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) Static display at the Turkish Air Force Museum in Istanbul (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) Douglas C-47 Dakota close to the entry of the hall of famous! (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) Gallery of famous Commanders in chief of the Turkish Air Force (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Istanbul are probably one of the most interesting cities in the world. Well known for great spotter locations at the two airports, helpful people and good food but also for shopping in the bazaars of Istanbul. Even oriental buildings, such as mosques are unique here for taking pictures. A unique sixteen million inhabitant’s metropolis like no other city the most varied cultures between Europe and Asia will bring together - and that starts at the Ataturk Airport. Hectic is unparalleled! Loudly discussions between taxi drivers you will hear, honking never stops, negotiations and haggle over every local or tourists can be noticed at any time. What will expect us in the upcoming days; even when visiting the Air Force Museum?
Well, we remain calmly: "Occident meets Orient"

Istanbul ist wohl eine der interessantesten Städte dieser Welt. Bekannt für tolle Spotter-Locations, hilfsbereite Menschen, gutes Essen aber auch  für Shopping in den Bazars von Istanbul. Selbst orientalische Bauten, wie Moscheen sind hier als Fotomotiv einmalig. Eine sechzehn Millionen Einwohner zählende Metropole die wie keine andere Stadt die unterschiedlichsten Kulturen zwischen Europa und Asien zusammen bringt - und das beginnt bereits am Flughafen Atatürk. Hektik die seinesgleichen sucht! Es wird laut diskutiert, gehupt, verhandelt und gefeilscht um jeden Einheimischen oder Touristen. Was wird uns wohl in den kommenden Tagen erwarten; auch beim Besuch des Air Force Museums?
Na ja, bleiben wir mal gelassen: „Okzident trifft auf Orient“

Just one of the pioneers and father of the Turkish aviation (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Flags of all the units/wings are displayed at the entrance of the museum (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Modell of a B737 AWACS delivered to the Turkish Air Force (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) Modell of a KC-130 Tanker aircraft, used by the Turkish Air Force (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)
Gallery of all the Turkish Air Force Commanders (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) The autor full in action during his visit at the Air Force Museum (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) Modell-display of some of the aircrafts of the Turkish Air Force (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) Gallery of models on display at the museum! (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Besides of four large military museums in Turkey, the Turkish Air Force Museum in Istanbul is not only the biggest but also the most important museum in the country's history. More than 60 exhibits on the exhibition grounds and in the buildings shows evidence of the centenary of aviation in Turkey. Witnesses from the military aviation like to inspire the viewer, but also a number of exhibits from the civilian sector are exhibited at the museum. A special section is dedicated to the world's first female military pilot, Sabiha Gökçen named after the Airport on the Asian side of Istanbul.

The museum is located just 500 meters from western seaside, directly near the military part of the airport Istanbul-Atatatürk. It opens Wednesday till Sunday from 9am – 5.30pm. A visit is always worthwhile and should be planned in the morning hours because of the light conditions (backlight).

Nebst vier grossen, militärischen Museen in der Türkei ist das Turkish Air Force Museum in Istanbul nicht nur das Grösste, sondern auch das bedeutendste in der Geschichte des Landes. Über 60 Exponate auf dem Ausstellungsgelände und in den Hallen zeugen von der einhundertjährigen Luftfahrt in der Türkei. Zeitzeugen aus der militärischen Luftfahrt mögen den Betrachter zu begeistern, aber auch etliche Exponate aus dem zivilen Bereich sind auf dem Museumsgelände ausgestellt. Eine Sonderausstellung widmet sich derzeit der weltweit ersten Militärpilotin, Sabiha  Gökçen benannt nach dem gleichnamigen Airport auf der asiatischen Seite von Istanbul.
Das Museum liegt gerade mal 500 Meter vom Meer entfernt, direkt beim militärischen Teil des Flughafen Istanbul-Atatatürk. Geöffnet jeweils Mittwoch bis Sonntag von 09:00h – 17:30h. Ein Besuch lohnt sich hier allemal und sollte wegen den Lichtverhältnissen (Gegenlicht) auf den Vormittag geplant sein.

Display of the Turkish Aerobatic Team using the Northrop F-5A aircraft on their shows (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Northrop F-5A (NF-5A) Freedom Fighter, Turkish Aerobatic team used the for their displays on air shows (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Gallery of weapons used by the Turkish Air Force (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Gallery of weapons used by the Turkish Air Force (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

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Republic RF-84F Thunderflash #51-1917 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak #52-8941 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash #51-19091 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Lockheed RT-33A Shooting Star #54-1543 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

North American (Canadair) CL-13 Sabre 2 #19-268 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Beech T-34A Mentor #OK-16 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Beech AT-11Kansan #9-930 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Beech AT-11Kansan #9-930 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Douglas C-47A Dakota #6051/YSL-52 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) Douglas C-54D Skymaster #ETI-683 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) Douglas C-54D Skymaster #ETI-683 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) Douglas C-54D Skymaster #ETI-683 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)
Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw #52-7577 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)  Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw #52-7577 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

North American F-100C Super Sabre #54-2089/3-089 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger #55-3386 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Vickers 794D Viscount #58-430 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Vickers 794D Viscount #58-430 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Vickers 794D Viscount #58-430 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Vickers 794D Viscount #58-430 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

 North American F-100D Super Sabre #54-2245 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Cessna T-37C Tweety Bird #TE-835/2-835 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter #3070 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Lockheed F-104S Starfighter #74-6868 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)
Mk. 82 Snake Eye  general purpose Bomb (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) Bell 205 UH-1H Iroquois #69-15724 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II # 67-0360 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog) General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon #89-0032 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)
 

Dornier Do 28D-2 Skyservant #10022 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Transall C.160D #69-022 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Transall C.160D #69-022 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

 

Grumman S-2E Tracker #TCB-877 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Grumman S-2E Tracker #TCB-877 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

PZL Warszawa-Okecie 104 Wilga 35A #TC-ECL (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Sud-Est SE.210 Caravelle 10B1R #TC-ABA of former Istanbul Airlines (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

KIBM Mavi Isik G-1 (Prototype) (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Dornier Do-28B-2 Skyservant #10013 KK (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Cessna U-17A (185E) #11357 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)

Robinson R22 Beta #10370 (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)
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Nike Ajax, Ground to Air Missle (Picture courtesy Andy Herzog)


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