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Who has not dreamed of flying like a bird? The concept is as old as the legend of Daedalus and Icarus, and came close to reality in the famous flight of Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi from the Galata Tower to Üsküdar in the mid 17th Century. The 20th century Turkish aviation scene is represented by a wide variety of exhibits, from a tiny 2-seat Army trainer, to a classic DC-3 and the Mach2+ Lockheed Starfighter. We also have a salvaged B-24 fuselage, and a wide variety of smaller objects -including engines and models. Please click here for a list of major objects on display.


Douglas DC-3 'Dakota'

The most successful and well-loved airliner ever built, the DC-3 first flew in 1935, and became the mainstay of world civil aviation in the forties and fifties. Sixty years later, more than 400 remained in service. This particular aircraft was a corporate transport for both Ford and General Motors before arriving in Turkey, where it performed charter work until being laid up in 1986.

F104 Starfighter


A 1974 Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, manufactured under licence by FIAT. This interceptor / bomber was used by the Turkish Air Force from 1974 to 1994. The short and exceptionally thin wings gave the aircraft high performance - a top speed in excess of Mach 2.2 - but also difficult handling characteristics and many were lost in training accidents over the years.

Bellanca 7 GCBC


This aircraft is based on the Aeronca 7, which first flew in 1946. Most were built for training, but aerobatic, crop spraying and reconnaissance models were also produced. This aircraft served with the Turkish Army Aviation School near Ankara, before being transferred to the Turkish Air Association in 1999.


B-24 Liberator "Hadley's Harem"

One of 177 Liberators from Benghazi that bombed oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania on August 1st, 1943 - "Black Sunday". After bombing the target, and crippled by a German fighter, the B-24 tried to fly to the British Base at Cyprus but ended up ditching near Antalya. The front section was salvaged in 1995 and, partly restored, has been put on display with the help of Mr. Roy Newton, one of seven survivors of the crash.


Gipsy Major' Aero Engine


One of the most successful inter-war aero engines, the in-line, four-cylinder de Havilland Gipsy Major powered such notable aircraft as the Chipmunk and Magister trainers and the Dragon Rapide feeder airliner. This example was built in 1943, and came to the Museum via Yildiz Technical University.



A fine model, (one of many in the Museum) in this case of a German First World War fighter aircraft, the Fokker Dr. 1 Triplane (made famous by the exploits of fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the 'Red Baron'). The model is deliberately unfinished, so that the structure can be seen.


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