Sri Lanka Air Force museum aircraft identified from Google Earth


Aviation photographer Suresh A. Atapattu generously identified the SLAF museum’s out door aircraft exhibits seen in the Google Earth screen grab below. He also went through the trouble of re-numbering the aircraft in the image. His numbers in yellow correspond to the table below. This image was originally used in my post about the Sri Lanka Air Force Museum at Ratmalana.

I am quite grateful to Suresh for taking the time to prepare and send me this info. You should check out his website (his space shuttle photos are monumental) as well as his work on airliners.net.

Update 24th Nov. 2010:

Close up images of the aircraft in the picture below are on airliners.net

Google Earth image of Sri Lanka Air Force museum's out door exhibits


type acquired In service
1 Harbin Y-12 circa. 1986 yes
2 Harbin Y-12 circa. 1987 yes
3 Nanchang CJ-6 circa. 2001 no
4 An-32B circa. 1995 no
5 Harbin Y-12 circa. 1987 yes
6 Harbin Y-12 circa. 1986 yes
7 Harbin Y-12 circa. 1987 yes
8 Chengdu FT-5 circa. 1990 flyable storage
9 Chipmunk Mk.5 Circa. 1950 flyable storage
10 Chengdu FT-5 circa. 1990 flyable storage
11 IAI- Pucura Circa.1994 no
12 Cessna 337 /O-2 Birddog Circa. 1971 no
13 BAC Jet Provost Mk.51 Circa.1955 no
14 Douglas DC-3 Circa. 1947 no ec-Air Ceylon
15 deHavilland Dove circa.1953 no
16 MiG 15 UTI circa.1971 no
17 Kamov KA-26 circa.1971 no
18 Chipmunk Mk.5 Circa. 1950 no
19 SIAI-Marchetti SF.260TP circa.1985 no
20 Mig-17F circa.1971 no
21 Beachcraft 18 circa. 1955 no
22 BAC Jet Provost Mk.51 Circa.1955 no
23 Mig-17F circa.1971 no
24 Aerospatiale SA-365C Dauphin 2 circa.1973 no
25 BAE HS. 748 circa. 1985 no
26 BAC Jet Provost Mk.51 Circa.1955 no
27 Boulton Paul Balliol circa. 1953 no
28 deHavilland Dove circa.1953 no
29 Riley Heron circa.1955 no
30 CJ-6/SF.260/AN-32B wreckage


31 Mi -24/35 circa.1995

32 SIAI-Marchetti SF.260TP circa.1985 no
33 SIAI-Marchetti SF.260TP circa.1985 no
34 SIAI-Marchetti SF.260W circa.1985 no
35 Riley Heron circa.1955 no
36 deHavilland Dove circa.1953 no
37 deHavilland Dove circa.1953 no
38 Bell 47G circa.1971 no
39 Zlin 143 shotdown 2009

40 Harbin Y-12 circa. 1986 yes
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6 comments

  1. I had no idea that the LTTE aircraft was on display at the museum. I think Mr. Atapattu deserves a major Thank you for identifying all those aircraft. πŸ˜€

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    • Very grateful to him for the info. I’ll link to ground level pics of the exhibits when and if I find them πŸ™‚ If you spot any don’t hesitate to fine a URL over here πŸ˜€

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  2. Thanks to both of you. My dad says he flew one of the Air Ceylon DC-3’s when he was a young lad. We will try to visit the museum if we get a chance, next month.

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    • You are very welcome πŸ™‚ Happy you liked the post. I hope you put up a post about your visit when you get around to it. It could be an interesting memory walk for your farther.

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