Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum

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Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum
Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum
Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum facade
Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum is located in Metro Manila
Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum
Location within Metro Manila
Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum is located in Philippines
Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum
Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum (Philippines)
Former nameMarcos Museum
Established2 May 1974 (1974-05-02)
LocationPasay, Philippines
Coordinates14°30′59″N 121°01′09″E / 14.5164°N 121.0192°E / 14.5164; 121.0192
TypeAerospace museum
CollectionsMilitary aircraft
Visitors35,000 (2009)
OwnerPhilippine Air Force

The Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum is an aerospace museum located within the premises of Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay, Philippines.[1]

History[edit]

The museum was founded as the Marcos Museum in 2 May 1974.[2] The museum at its current location opened in June 2007.[3]

Exhibits[edit]

The museum exhibits are divided into several sections. These include a heritage section, a science and technology section, an art corner and the Aircraft Park.[4] The heritage section's collection includes galleries of weapons, uniforms, dioramas, miniatures, and memorabilia related to early Philippine military aviation. Artifacts related to the March 1974 surrender of Japanese holdout Hiroo Onoda, such as his sword, rifle and personal equipment, are on display here.[5] The science and technology exhibits include aircraft mock-ups and miniatures, indoor static aircraft displays and experimental projects of the Philippine Air Force.

When the Balangiga bells were repatriated on 11 December 2018, these were exhibited for public viewing at the museum for two days prior to being returned to Eastern Samar.[6]

The Aircraft Park is an outdoor facility that displays retired aircraft that had been used by the Philippine Air Force throughout its history. The static indoor display and Aircraft Park collection includes the following:

Aircraft on display[7]
Name Serial No. Role Class Introduced Country of Origin
Beechcraft T-34A Mentor 59-07106/506 Trainer Propeller 1953  United States
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 22570 Utility Helicopter 1959  United States
Boeing-Stearman N2S-3 551 Trainer Propeller 1934  United States
Cessna T-41D Mescalero 8958 Trainer Propeller 1964  United States
Douglas AC-47A Skytrain 48301 Transport Propeller 1941  United States
Grumman SA-16A Albatross 48607 Amphibious rescue Propeller 1949  United States
Lockheed T-33A 29806 Trainer Jet 1948  United States
NAMC YS-11A-523 RP-77 Transport Turboprop 1965  Japan
North American F-86D Sabre 524140 Interceptor Jet 1949  United States
North American F-86F Sabre 24468 Fighter Jet 1949  United States
North American T-6G Texan 150162/662 Trainer Propeller 1935  United States
North American T-28C Trojan 140533/109 Trainer Propeller 1949  United States
North American P-51D Mustang 3733/4823 Fighter/Fighter-bomber Propeller 1942  United States
Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter 13326/1 Light fighter Jet 1962  United States
SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 15-39/639 & 15-44/644 Trainer/Light attack Propeller 1966  Italy
Sikorsky S-62A Sea Guardian 62018 Amphibious rescue Helicopter 1961  United States
Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse 153131 Transport Helicopter 1954  United States
Temco T-160 Cali 44233 Trainer Jet 1959  United States
Vought F-8D Crusader 147056 Fighter Jet 1957  United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum". Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. ^ "PAF Aerospace Museum". Philippine Air Force. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  3. ^ Isla, Bev. "Philippine Air Force Museum". Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  4. ^ Elefante, Fil V. (11 October 2018). "Touring history: A look at the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum". Philippines Graphic. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Philippine Air Force Museum (PAF Museum, PAF Aerospace Museum)". Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Balangiga Bells on display on December 12, 13". Rappler. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum". Aviation Museum. Retrieved 20 December 2018.