Norwegian Aviation Museum
|Established||May 15, 1994|
|Director||Hanne Kristin Jakhelln.|
|Architect||Per Morten Wik at Boarch|
|Nearest parking||On site|
The Norwegian Aviation Museum (Norwegian: Norsk luftfartsmuseum) was opened by King Harald V on May 15, 1994. It is the Norwegian national museum of aviation and also the largest aviation museum in the Nordic countries, covering around 10,000 square metres (110,000 sq ft). Situated in Bodø, Nordland the building is shaped like a huge propeller and contains both a civil and a military collection of aircraft.
Exhibits and collections
The exhibits of the Norwegian Aviation museum tells the story of aviation with a focus on the Norwegian history - from the early beginning all the way to present time. The collection is divided into a military section and a civil section.
Military Aircraft on display
- Avro 504K Dyak – British trainer aircraft
- Bell UH-1B Iroquois - 64-14079/079 - American medium heavy tactical transport helicopter
- Canadair CF-104 Starfighter - 104802 (earlier 12801) - Canadian interceptor aircraft
- Cessna L-19A/O-1A Bird Dog - 50-1712 - American observation aircraft
- Cessna T-37B Tweet - 57-2247 - American trainer aircraft
- Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina - BU 46645 - American Maritime patrol and search-and-rescue aircraft
- De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth - 88210 - British trainer aircraft
- De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito - British multirole combat aircraft
- De Havilland DH.100 Vampire - V0184 - British fighter aircraft
- Fairchild PT-19 Cornell - American trainer aircraft
- Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-3/U3 - NR 2219/Black 3 - German Ground attack aircraft
- Fokker C.V-D - 349 - Dutch aerial reconnaissance and light bomber aircraft
- Gloster Gladiator II - N5641 - British fighter aircraft
- Hawker Hurricane Mk II (Fiberglass replica) - British fighter aircraft
- Junkers Ju 88 A-4 (Displayed as crashed) - 4D+AM - German multirole combat aircraft
- Kjeller F.F.9 Kaje I - 33 - Norwegian trainer aircraft
- North American F-86F Sabre - 53-1206 - American fighter aircraft
- North American T-6/J Harvard - 52-8570 - American trainer aircraft
- Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - tail no. 134 - American fighter aircraft
- Northrop RF-5A(G) Freedom Fighter - tail no. 102 - American Aerial reconnaissance aircraft
- Petlyakov Pe-2FT (Cockpit section displayed) - 16/141 - Soviet light bomber aircraft
- Piper L-18C Super Cub - 53-4835 - American light aerial reconnaissance aircraft
- Republic F-84G Thunderjet - 52-8465 - American fighter-bomber aircraft
- Republic RF-84F Thunderflash - 51-17047 - American aerial reconnaissance aircraft
- SAAB 91B-2 Safir - 91-337 - Swedish trainer aircraft
- Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk.IXe - MH350 - British fighter aircraft
Civil Aircraft on display
- The indoor civil exhibition is currently undergoing a major rebuild and is unavailable for the general public until December 10, 2016.
- North American Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander (on display outside) - American Business jet
Localization debate controversy
For decades the decision on where to locate the Norwegian national Aviation Museum sparked heated discussions. For a long time the aviation community working close to the Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection at Gardermoen and the aviation community in Bodø debated intensely against each other in order to persuade politicians to locate the museum at their home turf. On March 31, 1992 the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, decided to build the museum in Bodø.
The Norwegian aviation museum is situated in Bodø, Northern Norway. The museum is straddled across the street of 'Olav V gate'. When travelling by car from the nearby Bodø Airport in the direction of Fauske you will pass under the museum. The museum is located roughly 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) from the town center. Nearby points of interest are Bodø Spektrum (A sports complex with water park) and the shopping center of City Nord.