Danish Aviation Museum

There are planes so large planes that they almost can take your breath away. There are very small model planes. There are planes you can go into and let your imagination run wild. There is everything from the first experimental aircraft from the beginning of the last century to today's high-tech jets. Here are gliders, veteran planes, fighter jets and helicopters.

All this can be found at the Danish Aviation Museum. In 3 large halls, a total of 7600m2, the history of the flight, with special emphasis on the Danish aviation history, is told.

Approximately 60 aircrafts are on display along with a large selection of effects that have to do with the flight history. Be it a selection of flight suits, catapult seats, air traffic control equipment, aircraft engines - from piston engines to jet engines -, various propellers, etc. All aircrafts in the exhibition have a sign with information about the aircraft in question. Here you can read a description of the aircraft's history and technical details such as travel speed, top altitude, range and engine description. All information is available in Danish, German and English.

A tour filled with good stories

I must admit that before that article was written I had never visited the Danish Aviation Museum. That's why I got a tour of Peder Morre. He is the leader of the tours on site and is one of the many volunteers who help run the Danish Aviation Museum. All work around the restoration and preservation of the aircraft as well as the display of the aircraft and the dissemination of the historical knowledge is carried out by a large group of volunteers. A tour takes you from Ellehammer, which in 1906 was the first in Europe to take fly with an aircraft heavier than the air, to an F16 jet still in use today. Peder Morre knows a sea of ​​stories about the different planes, which makes the tour incredibly exciting. The tour of course also goes past the museum's treasure, which Peder Morre calls the plane KZ IV (OY-DIZ), which on May 4, 1944 had its first flight as an ambulance plane and the fact that the museum's plane is the only one left in flying condition makes  something very special. All 11 aircrafts produced under the name KZ (Kramme and Zeuthen) are found at the Danish Aviation Museum and the majority can still fly.

A flying museum

The very special thing about many of the planes in the collection is that they are kept flying. During the summer months, flight evenings are arranged where interested people can see the planes in the air - just as they were originally intended for. Peder Morre says that the flight evenings are well attended. Up to 200 guests experience a flight show, where former pilots come from all over Jutland to participate in the flight show. Some even come flying there in their own planes.

The volunteer workers at the museum take care of maintaining all aircrafts. Peder Morre says that the volunteers meet on a Saturday in March before the opening day and get all planes that can still fly ready for flight. Some aircrafts participate in air shows around Denmark, some even in Europe. Each aircraft has a logbook in which everything that is done on that aircraft is noted. At the end of the season - the last Saturday in October - the volunteers meet again and get the planes ready for winter. All moving parts are preserved in oil and the planes are now ready to "go into winter hibernation", ie. no planes come out during the winter period.

The good stories… ..

….are standing in line. Visit the Danish Aviation Museum and spice up the Danish aviation history with i.a. tales of heroism from World War II. Get to know more about technical details and enjoy that the museum covers the entire category within aviation history and technical development.

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