The State Aviation Museum of Ukraine (Zhuliany) is located at the Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) which is one of the two passenger airports of the Ukrainian capital Kiev. It is owned by the municipality of Kiev and located in the southern Zhuliany neighborhood of the city.
The airport is known since 1923 as a military airfield that was co-used by the "Ukrpovitroshlyakh" ("Ukrainian Society of Air Communications") which in 1934 was completely integrated into Aeroflot as the latter's regional administration. The airport terminal was built only after the World War II in 1949. Until the 1960s, Zhuliany was the only passenger airport serving Kiev. After Ukraine gained independence in 1991, "Kyiv" airport began receiving international flights from nearby countries (first from its former Soviet "domestic" destinations)
Aside from facilitating regular passenger flights, Kyiv International Airport is also the main business aviation airport in Ukraine, and one of the busiest business aviation hubs in Europe
A major aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company, ARP- 410 Kiev Aircraft Repair Plant 410, adjoins the airport. Primary services provided are repair of An-24, An-26, An-30, An-32 aircraft and their modifications; testing and restoration of An-72, An-74 aircraft and their modifications; repair of D-36 engines for Yak-42 and An-74 aircraft.
In 2003, the Ukraine State Aviation Museum was created in one of the industrial estates neighboring the airport. It is the largest aviation museum in Ukraine, exhibiting some unique Soviet examples including original prototypes for famous airliners. This was the main reason for my very short visit.
The museum offers both aircraft exhibits and also interactive displays. The museum is one of the larger aviation museums displaying Soviet technology. The museum opened its doors to the public on 30 September 2003, with Yuriy Ziatdinov as initial curator. Both the premises and the planes are provided by the National Aviation University which continues to use some of the exhibits as educational props on site.
Due to the nature of our visit we only had a short time to visit the museum. The weather was not working with us, so I have to come back for better pictures. For me the highlights where the Polar Ilyushin IL-14P, the Maritime Tupolev Tu-142 with its contra rotating props and the recently restored Beriev Be-6 Maritime reconnaissance and patrol flying boat….plus many other exotics Russian bombers and fighters. (August 2010)
For more information about this excellent museum can be found here: http://aviamuseum.com.ua/en/
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