Central Air Force Museum
The Central Air Force Museum in Monino at the site of Monino Airfield
Monino Airfield
Monino Airfield is a former air base in Moscow Oblast, Russia located 36 km east of Moscow.It is used for the Central Air Force Museum. It had a military technical school with an operations ramp which during the 1990s had an Ilyushin Il-76 freighter jet and two bombers.This airfield appears to...

 40km east of Moscow
Moscow is the capital, the most populous city, and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, scientific, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the continent...

, Russia, is one of the world's largest aviation museums, and the largest for Russian aircraft. 173 aircraft and 127 aircraft engines are on display, and the museum also features collections of weapons, instruments, uniforms (including captured U2 pilot Gary Powers
Gary Powers
Francis Gary Powers was an American pilot whose Central Intelligence Agency U-2 spy plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over Soviet Union airspace, causing the 1960 U-2 incident.- Early life :...

' uniform), other Cold War
Cold War
The Cold War was the continuing state from roughly 1946 to 1991 of political conflict, military tension, proxy wars, and economic competition between the Communist World—primarily the Soviet Union and its satellite states and allies—and the powers of the Western world, primarily the United States...

-era US spy equipment, artwork, and other air-related items. A library containing books, films, and photos is also accessible to visitors. Tours are given by ex-pilots.

The museum opened its doors in 1958. 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
Soviet Union
The Soviet Union , officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , was a constitutionally socialist state that existed in Eurasia between 1922 and 1991....


The museum is located next to the Military Academy named after Yu. A. Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961....

Opening Hours

The museum is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm on weekdays except Wednesday, and from 9.30am until 2:00pm on Saturday. The Museum is closed on Sunday and Wednesday. Since the museum is situated on the territory of a military unit (Gagarin Air Force Academy
Gagarin Air Force Academy
Gagarin Air Force Academy is the name of a Russian military aviation academy located in Monino , Moscow Region.Gagarin Air Force Academy is one of the leading military educational institutions preparing high ranking military personnel for the Russian Air Force.Among the academy alumni are around...

), all visitors must pass the entrance gate to the military complex. As of summer 2006 special permission to visit is no longer required.

Examples on Display

Transport and Passenger Aircraft
Fighter Airplanes
Bomber Airplanes
Other Aircraft

External links

Homepage of the Monino museum Guide for foreign visitors and virtual tour
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