Museo Aeronautico de Maracay, Maracay

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Venezuelan Air Force's Museo Aeronáutico de Maracay is a historical aviation museum of military and civic aeronautic technology inaugurated on 10 December 1963 and located at the installations of the former Aeropuerto Nacional Florencio Gómez adjacent to the Venezuelan Air Force officer graduation school, and the "Cradle of Venezuelan Military Aviation" in the City of Maracay, Estado Aragua, Venezuela.The museum is the only one of its kind in Venezuela and the largest collector and restorator of aircraft, engines, weapons, documents, photographs, maps, paintings, memorabilia and other items of historical value. The aviation museum in Maracay is one of the largest in Latin America, with over 40 aircraft on display.HistoryThe idea of an "Aeronautical Museum" dates from 1963 when a high-ranking officer of Aeronautics, Luis Hernán Paredes, suggested its organization after the Ministry of Defense decided to move its airforce base from downtown Maracay to the outskirts of Palo Negro. The initial proposal were welcomed and immediately approved assigning the already existing hangars as the location of the museum.The commanding General, Francisco Miliani Aranguren, designated a committee as well as technical advisors towards the end of October 1963. On 10 December 1963 Venezuelan President Rómulo Betancourt inaugurated the museum in a ceremony in situ. On 9 December 1976 a Hall of Fame was added where military memorabilia dating back to the country's independence were collected from around the country and stored in the museum.The museum was later named after Colonel Luis Hernán Paredes, who initiated the proposal.
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  • Displays of many of the past and some of the present aircraft flown by Venezuelan air forces, including F-16s, Mirages, F106, Vampires, DC-3 and many other classic aircrafts.  more »
  • I went there when I was in high school. I've always liked history so it was nice to see all those old airplanes and see how different they are from the ones we get to see today. It was an unique and.....  more »
  • Great, you can watch there samples of the planes from different eras of Venezuela, take pictures. Children and adults will be able to feel pilots. It is an interesting place to promote Aragueño tourism and encourage children and young people to study careers or trades linked to aeronautics, mechanics, electronics, electricity, physics.
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  • Impressive display of classic planes of the Venezuelan Air Force. Excellent to go with family, always in large groups to maintain security.
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