Yogyakarta in Central Java, Indonesia, is known for its heritage landmarks, temples and museums. In the middle of these ancient structures is an unlikely museum in this part of the world, the Aircraft Museum of the Indonesian Air Force. While the most common museums display cultural and historical artifacts, this one features fighter airplanes, missiles, radars, and other related equipments. Also on special display are models depicting the history of the Indonesian Air Force and the Japanese-Dutch War. Most notable is the large hall featuring Indonesian Air Force uniforms through the years.
Located just behind the Adisucipto International Airport, Yogyakarta’s main airport, the Aircraft Museum goes by the name Museum Dirgantara. It is well maintained and its exhibits are surprisingly good, but the museum is overshadowed by the city’s more cultural museums. Despite the limited budget, the aircrafts are well maintained and are in good condition. The vintage World War II aircrafts on exhibit and under the curator’s care include a Sikorsky UH34D, MIG15, MIG17, MIG19, MIG21, MI4, TU-16 Badger Bomber with air-to-ground missiles, Mitsubishi Army type 98, Grumman Flying Boat, Catalina Flying Boat, Auster MkII, Lavochkin LA-11, PZL-104 Wilga, Nakajima KI43 Oscar, Zero, Mustang, NA16/AT-6, Vultee Valiant, B25, B26, C47, Hillier 360, DH114 Vampire, Boeing Stearman, CAC F-86 Avon Sabre, L-29 Dolphin, A4 Skyhawk and T-33A. [Read more…]