Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica de Argentina
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|Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica (MNA)|
Main hall, with Gloster Meteor (foreground), Huanquero (background) and Urubu (hanging from roof)
|Established||13 January 1960|
|Location||Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
The Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica (MNA) (English: National Aeronautics Museum) is a museum located in the city of Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina, dedicated to the history of aviation, in particular the Argentine Air Force.
Its collection includes some unique aircraft, like the Pulqui I and Pulqui II fighter prototypes and a Latécoère XXV flown by Antoine de Saint Exupéry.
It was initially located at the Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, where the aircraft were displayed in the grounds without protection from the weather. In the 1980s it was proposed to relocate the museum to provide protection to the aircraft, a new facility close to the Ezeiza airport was suggested.
Aircraft on display include:
- Latécoère XXV flown by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for Aeroposta Argentina
- Junkers Ju 52
- FMA I.Ae. 22 DL built by the Fabrica Militar de Aviones
- Fiat G.46 
- FMA I.Ae. 27 Pulqui I prototype, the first jet designed and built in Latin America
- FMA IAe 33 Pulqui II prototype 5, first swept-wing jet fighter designed and built in Latin America
- I.Ae. 41 Urubú flying wing designed by Reimar Horten
- FMA IA 50 Guaraní II
- North American F-86 Sabre
- Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
- Sikorsky S-55 helicopter
- Bell UH-1 Huey
- Sikorsky S-61 used by the Presidential flight
- Avro Lincoln
- Gloster Meteor
- FMA IA 58 Pucará
- English Electric Canberra
- Dassault Mirage III
- Bristol Freighter
- Vickers Viking
- Cierva C.30 autogiro 
- Max-Holste 1521 Broussard
- Focke Wulf FW-44J
In February 2013, a McDonnell Douglas MD-81 (ex-Austral, LV-WFN) was donated to the museum, for restoration and exhibition. This aircraft is notable for having the highest number of flight hours worldwide for its type (70,444 hours in 60,350 cycles) as of March 2012, when it was retired.
Other exhibits include:
- an Anasagasti car, which was used by the Argentine Air Force.
The museum is divided in differents halls, dedicated to specific themes:
- Motores: displaying aviation engines.
- Malvinas: which includes a Grumman HU-16 Albatross amphibian used in the 1970s to establish a route line between Comodoro Rivadavia and the Falklands Islands.
- Antartida: for material used in Antarctica.
- Pioneros: dedicated to Aviation pioneers.
- Torre de control: details the interior of a control tower.
- Pegaso: to host events.
- Icaro: coffee shop.
In addition there is a gift shop.
Other objects displayed
Automobile Anasagasti, 1914
- FERNANDEZ VIVAS, Leandro. "Un millón de personas visitaron el Argentina Air Fest 2010". Rumbos Aeronauticos (Issue 18, Year 9) (in Spanish). Fuerza Aerea Argentina. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
- "Una nueva aeronave para el MNA" [A new aircraft for the MNA]. Aeroespacio (in Spanish) (Argentina: Fuerza Aerea Argentina (Argentine Air Force)). 27 February 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- MNA Website
- Esteban Brea (2012-03-13). "Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica: Más de medio siglo de preservación" [National Aeronautics Museum: More than half a century of preservation] (in Spanish). Gaceta Aeronautica. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
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