Museo del Aire (Madrid)

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Museo del Aire
Museo de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica
Established Built in 1979
Location Madrid
Coordinates 40°22′07″N 3°48′03″W / 40.368744°N 3.80085°W / 40.368744; -3.80085
Type Aviation museum
Public transit access Line 10 (Madrid Metro)
Website website

The Museo del Aire, full title in Spanish Museo de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica o Museo del Aire, is an aviation museum located in the outskirts of Madrid at Cuatro Vientos Airport, Spain. The museum was founded in 1981, and offers six exhibition galleries and it has about 150 aircraft on display.[1]

Cuatro Vientos was inaugurated in 1911 and is Spain’s first military airfield. The airfield, although surrounded by construction, is still in use.


The initial project[edit]

In 1939 the Spanish Civil War came to an end and the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force) was created. It is in this period the Ministerio del Aire (Spanish Ministry of Aviation) appointed Colonel Társilo Ugarte Fernández to prepare a project for the creation of an aeronautic museum. However, 27 years passed before its creation. A first draft was presented in December 1948, with its location in the plant below the new building of the Ministerio del Aire (currently Cuartel General del Ejército del Aire).

Through subsequent studies and consults, the Museo de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica was created by decree number 1437 of June 16, 1966, accountable to the Ministerio del Aire and with headquarters in Madrid.

Museum Displays[edit]

The museum facilities extend over a surface of more than 66,000 m2, including outdoor displays and seven hangars. There are mainly planes and helicopters, many of which have previously served in the Spanish Air Force. Visitors will also find hundreds of miniature aircraft models, uniforms, engines, weapons and many other aviation related objects. Aircraft on display include a Vilanova Acedo, Spanish version of the Blériot XI built in 1911, the Jesús del Gran Poder, a special version of the Breguet 19 used on the transatlantic flight to Asia and America between 1928 and 1929, a few aircraft of the Spanish Republican Air Force, as well as the famous de Havilland Dragon Rapide used by Francisco Franco from the Canary Islands to Tétouan at the start of the military rebellion which began the Spanish Civil War in 1936.[2]

Ex Spanish Airforce Mirage F-1 and Mirage III

Of special interest are also the Spanish versions of the Heinkel He 111 and the Junkers Ju 52.


Panorama of the Cuatro Vientos Air Museum.
  • The entrance and camera usage fee: none, free admission.
  • Timetable: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm. The museum is closed to the public on all Mondays and special days (like public holidays), as well as the entire month of August.

Ways to get there[edit]

There is no access from the airport to the museum, and this is surrounded by a confusing number of roads.

Aircraft exhibits[edit]

Source: Odgen 2009[3]

The museum has over 150 aircraft exhibited in outdoor and indoor displays. Over 50 others are not on display, but can often be seen around the site.

List of selected aircraft on display (individual examples already noted or illustrated in Wikimedia projects)

Designation Displayed identity Notes Image
Aerotécnica AC-12 Z.2–6 commons
Aerotécnica AC-14 Z.4-06 commons
Boeing KC-97G TK.1-03 '123-03'
Bolkow Bo.105LOH HR.15–21 'ET-140' commons
Breguet 19GR - 'Cuatro Vientos' commons
Breguet 19TR Bidon 72 'Jesus del Gran Poder' commons
Bristol F.2B B21
CASA 2.111E (Heinkel 111H) T.8B-97 '462-04'
CASA 352L (Junkers Ju.52) T.2B-211 '911-16' commons
CASA C-101 Aviojet XE.25-01 commons
CASA C-207 Azor T.7-6 '405-15' commons
CASA C-212 Aviocar XT.12-1 '54-10' commons
Caudron G.3 BC-6 commons
Cierva C.6 C.6-B commons
Cierva C.19 EC-AIM commons
Cierva C.30A XVU.1-1
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina DR.1-1
de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ACYR Aircraft carried General Francisco Franco in July 1936 to Spanish Morocco at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. commons
de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou T.9–25 commons
Dornier Do 24T-3 HD.5-2 '58-2' commons
Douglas C-47 Dakota T.3–36 '721-9'
Farman F.402 SF-002 commons
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch L.16–23 commons
Grumman HU-16B AD.1B-8
Heinkel 111E-3 B.2–82 '25–82'
Hispano HS-34 EC-AFJ
Hispano HA-1112K1L Tripala C.4J-2 commons
Hispano HA-1112M1L Buchon C.4K-158 commons
Hispano HA-200 Saeta A.10C-104 commons
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter C.8–15 '104-15' commons
McDonnell F-4C Phantom II C.12–37 '12–29' commons
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 42 commons
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 22–26 E German AF commons
Mil Mi-2 CCCP-23760 Icona '34' commons
Nieuport IV M.N.N.5
North American T-6G E.16–90 '793-6' commons
North American B-25J Mitchell 130338 '74-17'
North American F-86 Sabre C.5-175 '1–175' commons
Polikarpov I-15 CA-125 commons
Slingsby T.34 Sky EC-RAT
Transavia PL-12 Airtruk VH-TRQ commons
Vilanova Acedo (Blériot XI) - commons
Westland Whirlwind 2 ZD.1B-22 '803-4' commons


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Presentación del Museo del Aire" (in Spanish). Spanish Air Force. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Alpert, Michael BBC History Magazine April 2002
  3. ^ Ogden (2009)


External links[edit]

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