The official name of the museum is “Istanbul Aviation Museum” and the museum located in Istanbul’s Yeşilköy, adjacent to military airport, is operated by the Air Force. Many of the military planes met with the visitors in Aviation Museum.
In 1915, the museum was built by the institution of the Air Force for exhibited the aircrafts which had been made in different countries and used during the First World War. Also, combat aircrafts which were taken by the Air Force were brought from different parts of the country with the aim of exhibition in the museum. The museum desired to open in the Istanbul’s Maltepe County with the aim of preventing damage from the War of Independence in 1919. However, the aircrafts were damaged while transporting to Maltepe so the Aviation Museum’s place wasn’t opened in that time.
After the first “Aviation Museum” was concluded the failure, in 1960 with the order of the Air Force Commander, General Irfan Tansel, the idea to establish an “Aviation Museum” came up to the mind. After this order, in 1963 a directive was given, the directive was about protection of all the aircraft models. Three years later, with the directive, the “Air Museum Organization” was established. On May 15, 1971, Turkey’s first “Aviation Museum” was built in the airport which is located in Izmir’s county, Cumaova.
The museum was visited the citizens of Izmir during the opening ceremony and the following few months, but visitors decreased by different reasons. Because of less interest, the museum was asked to move to another location. After a short time the opening, the first Aviation Museum of Turkey was closed to visitors in 1978.
Before about a year closed the museum, the new “Aviation Museum” had been started to be built in the Military Airport in Yeşilköy. Finally it was opened with a great ceremony on October 16, 1985, by the Air Force Commander, General Halil Sözer.
Aviation Museum operates in totally sixty- five acres area, there are two exhibition spaces, one of which is open area twelve thousand square meters, the other one is close area three hundred and sixty- five square meters.
Various aircrafts, helicopters, engines of aircraft and helicopter, aviation weapons and uniforms have been exhibited in the entire museum.
If you are a researcher permitted by the General Staff, you can be found yourself in a work environment considered as a unique “Aviation Library”.
All days except for Mondays and Tuesdays, the museum is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The price of entrance to “Aviation Museum” is 1 TL for students and 3.5 TL for others.
We suggest you to visit the Aviation Museum where all the aviation equipments used by Turks are exhibited.