Photos Riga Aviation museum
Photos Riga Aviation museum

Photos - Riga Aviation Museum

Comtourist has used Riga Airport as a hub for further travel into the former Soviet Union on many occasions in the past. Every time we noticed the impressive collection of old Soviet Aircraft near the runway. We found out that these aircraft belong to the Riga Aviation Museum but never found the time to visit the museum. In 2007 we spend a couple of days in Riga so we decided to drive to the airport and visit this fantastic museum.

The Riga Aviation Museum is an bi product if the Young Pilots Club founded in 1956. This club trained promising students into pilots from a young age. Students also head to learn the basics of aviation engineering, old aircraft were restored for this purpose. The director of the club had good contacts in the Soviet Air Force so many written off jets were donated to the club. After the fall of the Soviet Union the club lost its funding and the director decided to turn it into a museum. The impressive collection is not in a very good state, despite the fact that young volunteers are still maintaining the aircraft. We really enjoyed the fantastic collection of the Riga Aviation museum and recommend everybody to visit it when waiting for a transfer flight on Riga Airport.

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Entrance of the Riga Aviation museum close to Riga Airport

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Soviet aircraft on the main field of the Riga Aviation museum

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Famous Soviet jet fighters displayed at the Riga Aviation museum

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15UTI Midget

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15UTI Midget two seat trainer version

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15UTI Fagot

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15UTI Fagot with a machine gun sticking out

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21BIS Fishbed-L

MiG-21BIS the final production model of the famous MiG-21 series

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21BIS Fishbed-L

Another MiG-21BIS powered by a Tumansky R-25-300 turbojet engine

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21SMT Fishbed-K

A Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21SMT Fishbed in good condition

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21SMT Fishbed-K

The MiG-21SMT is a third generation MiG-21 build in the early 1970s

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21UM Mongol-B

The MiG-21UM is a two seat trainer version of the MiG 21 series

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21US Mongol-B

MiG-21US two seat trainer produced in Tbilisi during the 1960s

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23M Flogger

A MiG-23M, the first mass produced MiG-23 of which 1300 were made

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23MF Flogger-B

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23MF, the export version of the MiG-23M

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-25RBS Foxbat

MiG-25RBS Foxbat supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance bomber

Riga - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-27K Flogger

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-27K Flogger ground attack aircraft