Hawker Hurricane Mk II B
The aircraft outside the museum is a full-scale model of the British Hawker Hurricane Mk II fighter aircraft.
The very unique glass entrance of the museum.
Outside the propeller shaped museum a Jet Commander is on display. The airplane type was produced by the aircraft factory, Aero Commander.
The museum has its own Flight Tower with an amazing view.
Northrop F-5A/RF-5A Freedom Fighter
The first F5A took off from Edwards Air Force Base on July 31, 1963.
From area of the military aircraft exhibition.
The workplace for a Starfighter pilot.
This is a Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, one of more than 20 variants of Lockheed’s Starfighter.
The YF-104A was the first plane in the world to fly faster than twice the speed of sound.
De Havilland DH 98 Mosquito -"The wodden wonder"
The Mosquito aircraft type is considered as one of the most successful designs from World War II.
A total of 7,781 Mosquitoes were built.
North American F-86 F Sabre
More than 8,000 where build in the period 1947 to 1961.
The North American F-86 Sabre was already being planned in 1944, but when the Americans learned about German experiences with jet fighters, the plans were changed and the aircraft was given swept-back wings and a turbojet with an axial compressor.
The North American F-86 Sabre was the Americans’ most important combat aircraft during the Korean War.
Supermarine Spitfire LF.MK.IXe
The Supermarine Spitfire was the the most important British fighter aircraft during World War II and is perhaps the most famous fighter ever. Altogether 20,351 of these aircraft were built.
In order to compete with the new German Focke-Wulf 190 fighter, the Spitfire Mk. IX was equipped with a new and more powerful Merlin engine and a four-bladed propeller.
Focke Wulf 190 A-3/U3 “Black 3”
The aircraft first took to the air in June 1939 and it was in operational service from March 1941. Among pilots, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was considered to be the Germans’ best fighter during the WWII.
On 5 October 1943 Sergeant Hans Gunther Kleemann took off from Petsamo in “Black 3” for a mission in Finnmark. After running into thick snowstorms and running out of fuel, Kleemann bailed out. The aircraft hit the ground west of Kongsfjord. In 1986 what was left of the wreck was taken down from the mountain for restoration and included in the Norwegian Defence Museum’s aircraft collection. The restoration was carried out in the USA and Norway.
The Focke Wulf 190 is equipped with two machine guns in the wings type 20 mm MG 151
The Museum has a dedicated restoration section and its own aircraft workshop.
On the distant left, the legendary Messerschmitt Bf109 G-2/R6 under restoration. To the right the aircraft body of the Junkers Ju 88 D-1 two engine bomber under restoration.
Bodywork on the Messerschmitt Bf109 G-2/R6
This is how it looks inside the aircraft body of a Messerschmitt Bf109 G-2/R6
In the early 1950’s, the Americans were extremely interested in military and industrial developments in the Soviet Union. The US Defense Department made demands for a reconnaissance plane that was able to fly so high above the Soviet Union that is was impossible to shoot it down. Lockheed was given the contract, and a top secret project was launched through which the U2 was developed.
From the flight tower at the museum you get a look down the main street.
De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
The Otter was the replacement plane for the “Norseman” aircraft at the Norwegian Airforce.
The DHC Otter was used for the most part as a liaison plane in the period from 1954 to 1967.