Belgiums Royal Museum of the Armed Forces

On May 22nd, 2012 I visited the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces in Brussels, Belgium. They have quite an amazing collection there of all things related to military history, but the highlight is definitely the massive aviation hall. Some areas of the aviation hall are a bit decrepit and in fact are currently blocked off for urgent renovations but you can still see the majority of the collection on display. It is very diverse from very rare World War 1 era aircraft to modern-day fighters such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and everything else in between including helicopters! Not everything was specifically operated by Belgium as there is aircraft from France, Germany, the former Soviet Union and other countries. The eclectic mix makes for an interesting days visit with numerous rare aircraft.

The following is just a small sample of what you can see in the aviation hall.

Belgium Royal Museum of the Armed Forces Aviation Hall
From top to bottom: The Aviation Hall; Mil Mi-24 Hind; Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-27 Flogger & Mi-24; Fairey Battle, Bristol Blenheim, Hawker Hurricane & Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX; Dassault-Breguet Mirage 5; Gloster Meteor and Hawker Hunter

Plus so much more…..

World War 1

World War 1 Aircraft Belgium
Clockwise left to right: Caudron G3; Sopwith Camel; Hanriot-Dupont HD1 & Neuiport 17 and Spad XIII

The Props

Prop Fighters Belgian Armed Forces Museum Brussels
Clockwise left to right: Yakovlev Yak-11; Junkers Ju-52; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX; Douglas A-26 Invader; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV and DeHavilland Mosquito NF-30

The Jets

Gloster Meteor Thunderstreak F-86 MD-450 Ouragan
Clockwise left to right: Gloster Meteor; Republic RF-84 Thunderflash & F-84 Thunderstreak; North American F-86 Sabre and Dassault MD-450 Ouragan
Starfighter RF-4C Mirage F-1 F-16 Mirage 5 Mig-27
Clockwise left to right: Lockheed F-104 Starfighter; McDonnell Douglas RF-4 Phantom II; Dassault-Breguet Mirage F-1; General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon; Dassault-Breguet Mirage 5 and Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-27 Flogger

It’s a big collection!

Aviation hall belgium brussels
Aviation Hall
Aviation hall Sud Caravelle
Aviation Hall (thats a Sud Caravelle up in the air)

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