A rare exhibition of post-war aircraft and unique original objects
The Aviation Park, inaugurated on 2 April 1995, offers visitors a rare collection of aircraft that have played an important role in some of the most significant moments of the post-war period. These planes, of which over fifty are on display, were the protagonists of several wars (Korea, India-Pakistan, Vietnam, Iran-Iraq, Gulf, Bosnia) and other episodes over the last 50 years.
Silent witnesses of past conflicts but now resting on green lawns, they are finally available for close examination by the many enthusiasts of aviation history.
The exhibition area of 100.000 square meters includes an outside path of about 2 km, and highlights also the possibility of boarding the plane once owned by Clark Gable, on which celebrities and important public figures like Marilyn Monroe, John and Ted Kennedy, Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan flew in the past.
On display there are the Soviet MiG (the MiG-15, 17, 19, 21 and 23), similar to the Libyan aircraft that crashed in Italy’s Sila Mountains at the same time as the Ustica air disaster, the Sukhoi SU-7 and SU -17, the Antonov AN-2, the Ilyushin Il-28, the Italians Fiat G-91, G-46, Piaggio P-166, P-148, the American F-104 Starfighter, A-7 Corsair II F-4 Phantom, the Republic F-84F and RF-84F, DC-3 Dakota, the North American T-6 Texan and the British Gloster Javelin. In addition there are some missile batteries (Sam and Scud-2) and anti-aircraft such as the German 88, as well as some armored vehicles. There are also the famous American Phantom fighter, the Lockheed F-104, which can reach speeds of over Mach 2 and which is still used in Italy’s defence strategy, an aircraft of the Italian Frecce Tricolore aerobatics squadron, and other planes that have served in air forces all over the world.
Beside the outside route, there is a modern pavilion, which exhibits uniforms and flying suits used since the beginning of the last century to the present by pilots and flight engineers. Finally, for a limited period will be on exhibition some Italian gold medals from the last century (King Vittorio Emanuele III and the Empire, the twenty years of Fascism and Benito Mussolini, World War II, to the travel of the Popes and others).
To commemorate the victims of the disaster at Ramstein in 1988, the Aviation Museum Park has installed a monument in memory of the sad occasion.
The theme park also offers other facilities such as a refreshment area (a bar and restaurant seating more than 300 people), a pleasant building immersed in the woods with an adjoining area where children can play peacefully. There is an area equipped for helicopter landings, and a partially asphalted car park completes the facilities offered. The museum always affords everyone a warm welcome and to help the disabled almost all architectural barriers have been removed and a stair lift has been installed in the pavilion.
A visit to the Aviation Park can last from a minimum of two hours to as long as four hours or more, depending on interest in the exhibits, and free guided visits are offered by request for parties.
> 80.000 square metres of exibition
> projection room
> multilingual staff
> hospitable to the handicapped : almost all architectural barriers have been removed and a stair lift has been installed in the pavilion.
> outside photographing allowed
> dogs allowed
> refreshment area (a bar and restaurant seating more than 300 people), a pleasant building immersed in the woods with an adjoining area where children can play
>Bus 7 from Rimini railway station