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|Established||11 November 2006|
|Location||São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil|
The TAM Museum (Portuguese: Museu TAM), also known as the Museu Asas de um Sonho (Wings of a Dream Museum), was an aviation museum in the city of São Carlos, within the state of State of São Paulo, Brazil. The museum was located 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) from central São Carlos and 250 kilometers (160 mi) from São Paulo City.
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.
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 was 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.
On January 29, 2016, TAM announced that the museum would be ceasing operations due to budget concerns.
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.
- Source: Ogden
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:
|American Flea Ship||PP-TKX||Universal Aircraft|
|Boeing-Stearman Model 75||LV-FGD|
|Bücker Bü 131 Jungmann||E3B-595|
|Cessna L-19 Bird Dog||54736|
|Cessna L-19 Bird Dog||62612|
|Cessna L-19 Bird Dog||72774|
|EAY Ypiranga Paulistinha||PT-ZGY|
|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|
|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|
|Schneider Grunau Baby IIb||Glider|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX||EN398|
|Vought F4U Corsair||17-F-13|
- "TAM Group Companies." TAM Airlines. Retrieved on August 12, 2010.
- "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"
- Wikipedia Portuguese article
- "Museu da TAM encerra as atividades?" Aero Magazine. Retrieved on February 2, 2016.
- Ogden (2008)
- Ogden, Bob (2008). Aviation Museums and Collections of The Rest of the World. UK: Air-Britain. ISBN 978-0-85130-394-9
- Wikipedia Portuguese article
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