Turkish Air Force Museum Yeşilyurt, Istanbul

The Turkish Air Forces have two different aviation museums. One of them settled in Yeşilyurt/İstanbul and the other one locates in Etimesgut/Ankara.

İstanbul Aviation Museum

At the end of World War I, the oldest of 1912, with the addition of several nationally owned aircrafts and one, two, and three pieces of all types of aircraft built by the Germans during the First World War in the hangars, led to the decision to establish an air museum in the Air Force Inspectorate. It has begun to confiscate the enemy seized aircrafts for the same purpose. However, these planes collected for the museum were thought to be taken to Kartal Maltepe so that they would not be damaged in the War of Independence, but a part of the planes were damaged to a great extent during transportation. With these damages, airplane crashes in the War of Independence delayed the idea of building an air museum.

 In 1960, with the directive of Chief of Air Force Gen. Irfan Tansel the idea of establishing air museum in Türkiye on came to the agenda published in 1963. For this purpose an order of protection and one from each Air Force aircraft used in other unions have been asked. As a result of the work carried out in 1966 Air Museum Organization was formed and on May 15, 1971 Türkiye's first air museum was opened in Izmir Cumaovası within the Civil Airport.

Despite its great interest in its opening, search for a new residential area for the Air Museum started, because it did not attract many visitors due to distance from the city center and transportation difficulties. Since the reconstruction of the Cumaovası apron, the development of the vicinity for training flights, and the use of civil air traffic in this area have brought new problems in terms of settlement of the Air Museum.

The Air Museum continued to operate in İzmir-Cumaovası until 1978. As a result of the examination; considering the location, the potential of visitors, the facilities of development and residence, the place where the first air union was established, it was determined that the most suitable settlement area for the Air Museum was the field at the end of the airport which belong the Air Force Academy.

Due to the reasons explained above, the construction of the new Air Museum building started in 1977 and was completed in 1983. Built on a total area of 65,000 square meters, covering 2,365 m² closed and 12,000 m² open spaces, the interior decoration and decoration of the museum was realized by the technical staff and experts of Mimar Sinan University and the Istanbul Provincial Culture, Display and Monuments Directorate, within the framework of modern museum standards of the day. The Air Museum was opened on Oct 16, 1985 by Chief of Air Staff General Halil SÖZER.

Source: Turkish Air Force


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Visit 2nd of July 2022 by Ton van Schaik

McDonnell F-4E Phantom II 67-0360 unmarked, the aircraft is an ex USAF F-4E delivered in November 1991, the sharkmouth is from its service with 112 Filo. The THK received in 1974-78 72 new build and in 1981-91 110 ex USAF F-4Es. 54 F-4E were from 1999 upgraded to F-4E-2020 Terminator. The remaining aircraft are currently in service with 111 Filo at Eskisehir.

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak 52-8941/941, is one of 113 ex French AF Thunderstreaks received in 1959-62. Followed by 165 ex German AF and 20 ex Netherlands AF Thunderstreaks which were refurbished and then designated as F-84Q.

Two photos of the Republic RF-84F Thunderflash, 51-1901/1901 and 51-1917/1917. 46 were received in 1956-58 for two squadrons, later followed by additional aircraft from other air forces: Germany and The Netherlands. The last RF-84Fs were withdrawn on 29-Aug-1980.

North American (Canadair) F-86E(M) CL-13 Sabre Mk.2 19268/268, painted in the scheme of the The Flying Swans display team. 107 refurbished ex RCAF Sabres were delivered in 1954-56 replacing the Spitfire, the Sabre was in 1967-68 replaced by the F-5A/B.

North American F-100C Super Sabre 54-2089/3-089. In 1972-74 111 ex USAF F-100Cs replaced the F-84F/Q. Four F--100 squdrons 111, 112, 171 and 172 Filo replaced the F-100 with new F-4Es, 181 and 182 Filo both re-equipped in 1986 with ex Canadian CF-104s. The last squadrons were 131and 132 Filo at Konya which used them in lead-in fighter role. For this role the TuAF received 15 ex USAF F-100F duals in 1977-78 . The F-100 was withdrawn in 1988, the last flight was made on June 24, 1988.

Douglas C-47A 6052 43-30726. YSL-52 in a VIP scheme, and in the markings of the HAVA HARP OKULU, the Air War School. YSL is the code for Yesilkoy where it was based. This C-47A was delivered on May 31,1948, and withdrawn on April 12, 1979. In total 110 C-47s were delivered, 7 were transferred ellswhere shortly afterr delivery and replaced by aircraft twith the same serials. The type was replaced in 1993-97 by the CN235. The last flight was made on January 8, 1998.

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger 55-3386/386 with the old square cocarde/roundel. To give the TuAF an all-weather interceptor capability 40 F-102As and nine TF-102As, all ex USAF-ANG, were received in 1968-71 for two squadrons, the last were withdrawn 5 June, 1979.

CCF T-34A Mentor 54-5216/OK-16, OK=Okul-School. In 1956 the RCAF Royal Canadian Air Force donated 24 T-34As to the TuAF for basic training.

CCF T-34A Mentor 54-5220/2-220/OK in a fantasy scheme. In service with the final user 123 Filo they were painted silver marked 2-200 on the nose and OK-20 on the rear fuselage.The T-34s were withdrawn from use in 1993, and replaced by the SF260.

Piper L-21B Super Cub 10306 Turkish Army, 112 used in the AOP and liaison role, replaced in the 1960s by the U-17 and helicopters. They were used in training role up to 1979.

De Havilland DH89A Dragon Rapide TC-ERK.

Do-27H-2 10293 Turkish Army, two were delivered in 1965, and withdrawn in 1986. Both were transferred to the museum in 1988.

Cessna U-17A 11357 Turkish Army, the U-17 replaced the L-21B Super Cubs, 22 U-17As received in 1963-64, and were followed by 92 U-17Bs in 1967 and 1969-70.

Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan 6930/9-930 42-37565, 127 were delivered in 1948 used in the training role by the flying school and the bombing school, later as target tugs and liaison aircraft at most Air Bases..The last 20 were withdrawn on October 21, 1983.

Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw 52-7577, 14 were in service from 1963-66. They were preceded by four new UH-19Ds in 1958. The UH-19D was the first Turkish Armed Forces helicopter. It was used in the SAR and liaison duties. The last five, including 7577, were withdrawn in 1980.

Vickers Viscount Series 794 430, three ex THY Viscounts replaced the C54Ds in 1971-72 and were withdrawn in 1993.

North American F-100D 54-2245 in a grey scheme that was not used during the types service period. 106 were delivered, the first batch in 1958-59 including 54-2245, followed by ex 401stTFW (Torrejeon AB in Spain) aircraft in 1969-70 and finally 20 ex Royal Danish Air Force F-100Ds in 1981-82.

Grumman S-2E Tracker 149877/TCB-877. 26 ex US NAVY S-2Es were delivered in several batches, period 1972-88, most from MASDC storage and were first overhauled in the USA. Following several accidents the type was withdrawn in 1996.

Cessna T-37C 63-9835, 50 were delivered in 1964-1967. Later 31 T-37Bs followed, 23 ex USAF in 1981 and eight ex R. Jordan AF in 1982. They were replaced from 2010 by the   KT-1.

Previous visit in May 1995

by Ron Damstra, Marinus Dirk Tabak (photos) and Volkert Jan van den Berg

Statue Turkish Air Force

Two photos of F-84G Thunderjet 110572, 51-10572. Large numbers were delivered under MAP (Military Assistance Program) to NATO Air Forces including Turkey. The type was in service from 1952 to 1966.

It was replaced from 1958 to 1966 by the F-100D/F, F-84F/Q, F-104G and the F-5A/B. 358 were delivered from the USA, followed by 121 from NATO members.

Dornier Do 28D-2 10020 Turkish Army, was one of two received in october 1968. In 1983 18 ex German AF Do-28Ds followed.

North American (Canadair) F-86E(M) CL-13 Sabre Mk.2 19207/207.

North American (Canadair) F-86E(M) CL-13 Sabre Mk.2 19268/268, with squadron markings on the nose.

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 7021/ TC-21. The P-47 was the heaviest single-engined fighter to see action in World War II. Turkey used 180 in six squadrons from 1948-53. TC is a squadron code used in 1949-50. The P-47D was after a relatively short career replaced by the F-84G.

Vickers Viscount Series 794 430, three ex THY Viscounts replaced the C54Ds in 1971-72 and were withdrawn in 1993.

North American T-6G Texan 7504/04, is one of 11 ex USAF Texans delivered in 1957. In total the TuAF had 196 Texans and Harvards. The T-6Gs were among the last that were in service when the type was withdrawn in 1974. They were replaced by the T-41D in the primary and the T-37C in the basic training role.


AK-2000X (Sadik)

Beech T-34A Mentor

Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan

Bell UH-1H Iroquois

Bellanca 7GCBC

Bergfalke II

C160D Transall

Canadain Car T-34A Mentor

Canadain Car T-34A Mentor

Canadair F-86E Sabre

Canadiar CL-13 Sabre

Cessna T-37C Tweety Bird

Cessna U-17

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger

Curtis CW-22R Falcon

Curtis P-47D Thunderbolt

De Havilland DH89A Dragon Rapide

Dornier Do 27H-2

Dornier Do 28B-1

Dornier Do 28D-1

Dornier Do 28D-2

Douglas C-47A Skytrain

Douglas C-47B   Skytrain

Douglas C-54D Skymaster

Fouga M14 Magister

Fouga M14 Magister

General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon

Grigorovitch M-5

Grumman S-2E tracker

KiBM Mavi Isik G

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter





























Lockheed F-104G Starfighter

Lockheed F-104S Starfighter

Lockheed RT-33A Shooting Star

Lockheed T-33A

Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter

MCD Douglas F-4E Phantom II

MCD Douglas RF-4E Phantom II

Miles M.14A Magister

MKE-44 Ugur

North American F-100C Super Sabre

North American F-100D Super Sabre

North American F-100F Super Sabre

North American T-6G Texan

Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter

Northrop NF-5A Freedom Fighter

Northrop NF-5A Freedom Fighter

Northrop RF-5A Freedom Fighter

Piper L-21B Super Cub

PZL 104 Wilga


Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

Republic F-84G Thunderjet

Republic F-84G Thunderjet

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

Robinson Helicopter R-22

SIAT 223K1 Flamingo

Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw

Sud Sogerma SE210 Caravelle

Vickers 794D Viscount












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