|Established||28 November 1958|
|Location||Monino, Moscow Oblast, Russia|
The Central Air Force Museum (Russian: Центральный музей Военно-воздушных сил РФ) is an aviation museum in Monino, Moscow Oblast, Russia. A branch of the Central Armed Forces Museum, it is one of the world's largest aviation museums, and the largest for Soviet aircraft, with a collection including 173 aircraft and 127 aircraft engines on display. The museum also features additional displays, including Cold War-era American espionage equipment, weapons, instruments, uniforms, artwork, and a library containing books, films, and photos is also accessible to visitors.
The origins of the museum go back to 1940 when the village of Monino was selected to be the location of what is now the Gagarin Air Force Academy. The museum itself was founded in 1958, two years after the airfield was closed, and had 6 aircraft and 20 aircraft guns at the time. When it opened to the public another two years later in 1960, it had 14 aircraft. By early 1970, the museum's collection had expanded to about 40 aircraft. In 1990, the aircraft on display were rearranged according to design bureau and chronological order. The museum's main hall with the awards, documents, uniforms and personal belongings of the famous pilots was mostly destroyed by fire in 2005. By 2013, a new hangar had been built to house the World War II aircraft. In 2016, it was reported that the museum was to close, with the exhibits being transferred to Patriot Park. When transporting large-sized unique aircraft, the exhibits were threatened with the breakage. At the request of the Ministry of Culture, the movement was stopped. New halls with the modern equipment for exhibitions were built. However, a new exhibition hall was opened in February 2020.
Prior to 1999, the museum was closed to the public, because of the display of classified prototypes from the era of the former Soviet Union.. Today, the museum contains a range of aircraft, both domestic and foreign, including military, civil and special purpose. The museum also houses associated pieces, such as the uniforms, documents, models and equipment related to the aircraft. The museum is currently open to members of the public to visit.
Since the museum is situated on the territory of a military unit (Gagarin Air Force Academy), all visitors must pass the entrance gate to the military complex.
There are two large hangars with well-displayed items and much material about the items, but all in Russian, although some have a brief translation into English.
Aircraft on display
Transport and passenger aircraft
Fighters and Attack aircraft
Sukhoi T-4 (Su-100)
Tupolev Tu-22M (Backfire)
Myasishchev M-50 (Bounder)
Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder A)
Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)
Myasishchev 3M (Bison)
Mil Mi-12 (Homer)
Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
Mil Mi-6B (Hook)
Mil Mi-24A (Hind-A)
Mil Mi-25 (Hind-D)
Kamov Ka-25 (Hormone)
Mil Mi-10 (Harke)
Yakovlev Yak-24 (Horse)
Myasishchev M-17 (Mystic) Experimental High-Altitude Aircraft
MiG-105 Spiral EPOS Orbital Spacecraft (OS) Prototype Nr. 11 (sub-sonic)
Beriev Bartini VVA-14 Vertical take-off amphibious aircraft prototype
- О музее. Центральный Музей ВВС РФ (in Russian). Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- Palmer, Scott W. (2 July 2007). "The Russian Air Force Museum at Monino (pt. 2)". Dictatorship of the Air. Scott W. Palmer. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
- Gavrilov, Yuri (27 November 2013). "55th anniversary of the Central Air Force Museum". RG.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 3 May 2020.
- "Минобороны развеяло слухи об уничтожении коллекции Музея авиации в подмосковном Монино". 5. АО Телерадиокомпания «Петербург». 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
- "February 19 - a solemn ceremony of opening a new exhibition hall". Central Air Force Museum. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- "Central Museum of the air force".
- (in Russian) На авиамузей в Монино наплевали с большой высоты
- (in Russian) Центральный музей ВВС в Монино
- (in Russian) Homepage of the Monino museum
- Guide for foreign visitors and virtual tour
- Information and photos of the museum Archived 2020-05-26 at the Wayback Machine
- (in Russian) Central Armed Forces Museum page for the museum