The Google Earth satellite imagery of Ratmalana Sri Lanka Air Force base has been recently updated. The Google Earth satellite screen-shot in this post shows the recently renovated and expanded Sri Lanka Air Force Museum. I have crudely numbered the out door exhibits visible in the image. Despite all my Google Earthing, I’m a lousy aircraft spotter. I’m quite sure I can rely on the formidable ID skills of the Rajaratasurfer and the Tinker of Colombo. To simplify the process I’ve numbered the aircraft visible in the image. Hopefully the experts out there will help fill in the info.
The museum website has some good close ups of these aircraft in the form of a slide show sparing me quite a bit of leg work. Given the current state of my life its going to be a while before I get over there. Apparently you can take pictures with prior arrangements. Suresh A. Atapattu has good photos of static airframe displays on airliners.net along with informative descriptions. There are quite a few youtubed TV news segments about it which is the closest you’ll get to a tour without actually going there. I’ve embedded two for your convenience.
Excuse the Airwolf soundtrack.
ITN’s version which claims its Asia’s biggest Airforce museum.
However not all the aircraft in the museum are static exhibits. The SLAF museum recently restored a vintage Tiger moth and a Chipmonk trainer aircraft to flying condition (video and details on an older post). Then there’s a seemingly random clip of a more recent “museum piece” (a SIAI-Marchetti) starting up.
Hopefully I’ll get around to visiting. The busyness of life, and the fact that Mrs C is a very non museum person doesn’t make the idea easy to take off (cheap pun intended).