TAM Museum

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TAM Museum
Museu Asas de um Sonho 2.jpg
Established 11 November 2006
Location São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil
Type Aviation museum
Website www.museutam.com.br/
Logo TAM Museum.jpg

The TAM Museum[1] (Portuguese: Museu TAM), also known as the Museu Asas de um Sonho (Wings of a Dream Museum), is an aviation museum in the city of São Carlos, within the state of State of São Paulo, Brazil. The museum is 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) from central São Carlos and 250 kilometers (160 mi) from São Paulo City.[2]

The museum was the creation of Rolim Adolfo Amaro, founder and president of TAM Airlines, and his brother João Francisco Amaro. The building is annexed to the TAM Airlines Technology Center at São Carlos Airport, in the district of Água Vermelha in São Carlos.[3]

History[edit]

In 1996, after finishing the restoration work on a Cessna 195, brothers Rolim Adolfo Amaro and João Francisco Amaro decided to buy some classic aircraft, and keep them near São Paulo, in order to make them available for flights on weekends with friends. However, once purchased, it was realised that the small collection could become a museum representative of the memory of aviation and the world. The brothers then decided to create the "Museu Asas de um Sonho" (Wings of a Dream Museum), that is currently maintained by the Education Service and Culture, a non-profit association founded by TAM on 23 December 1991, to administer the social programs of the company.

In 2006, the museum opened with 32 aircraft, but in future will house more than 80 aircraft. The opening will also be part of the celebrations of 150 years of the city of São Carlos.

Rebuilding[edit]

In July 2008 the museum was closed to visitors in order to allow a complete reorganization of its installations, which included an expansion of the covered space from 9.5 thousand square metres to over 20 thousand square metres. Te grand re-opening occurred in June 2010 and among many new features the collection of 90 airplanes now holds the sole surviving S.55 seaplane christened "Jahú", a F4U Corsair, a BF 109, a Dassault Mirage III, a Brazilian aircraft Neiva Regente among others.

Aircraft exhibits[edit]

Source: Ogden[4]

The museum has 35 aircraft in a historical building measuring 450 metres long by 130 metres wide and 11 metres high. The exhibits planned to be accessible to visitors in 2010 are as follows:

Designation FAB desig Identity Notes
Aeronca C-3 NC14630
American Flea Ship PP-TKX Universal Aircraft
Boeing-Stearman Model 75 LV-FGD
Bücker Bü 131 Jungmann E3B-595
Cessna 140 PP-DYX
Cessna 180 PT-BXZ
Cessna 185 PT-KJM
Cessna 195 PT-LDK
Cessna L-19 Bird Dog 54736
Cessna L-19 Bird Dog 62612
Cessna L-19 Bird Dog 72774
Douglas DC-3 N101KC "Rose"
EAY Ypiranga Paulistinha PT-ZGY
Fairchild 24 UC-61A 2687
Fairchild PT-19 Cornell PP-GAY
Gloster Meteor F.8 F-8 4440
Lockheed 049 Constellation PP-PDD Panair do Brasil
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 12456
MiG-15 6247
MiG-17 23
MiG-21 17
Miles M.2H Hawk Major G-ADAS
Neiva CAP-4 Paulistinha N-505 Marinha
Nord 1203 Norecrin PP-EBE
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 229265
Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser
IPE Quero Quero KW.1 PT-PEI Sailplane
IPE Quero Quero KW.1 PT-PFJ Sailplane
RWD-13 PT-LFY
Santos-Dumont 14-bis Replica
Santos-Dumont Demoiselle Replica
Savoia-Marchetti S.55 I-BAUQ "Jahú"
Schneider Grunau Baby IIb Glider
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX EN398
Vought F4U Corsair 17-F-13

Gallery[edit]

Museu Asas de um Sonho - Foto Panorâmica.jpg

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "TAM Group Companies." TAM Airlines. Retrieved on August 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "Visitação e Localição." TAM Museum. Retrieved on December 15, 2011. "Rodovia SP 318, km249,5 – Água Vermelha São Carlos SP – CEP 13578-000" and "Rod. Eng. Thales de Lorena Peixoto Júnior São Carlos - São Paulo"
  3. ^ Wikipedia Portuguese article
  4. ^ Ogden (2008)

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Coordinates: 21°52′35″S 47°54′12″W / 21.87639°S 47.90333°W / -21.87639; -47.90333