Izbaudi Rīgu

Riga Aviation Museum

The Mi-6 heavy transport helicopter looks sadly at the visitors to the museum; it somewhat resembles a flying animal from an animation movie. Airplanes from all over the world land on runway nearby but in the museum 47 objects now enjoy their their fully-deserved retirement.

The Riga Aviation Museum is the only museum of this kind in the Baltic region and of the biggest museums in Europe; its collection was gathered for more than 40 years. Today the museum has widely opened its door to all those who are interested in viewing the Mi-6 helicopter and the An-14B passenger aircraft from inside. The Mi-24A helicopter - the heaviest, fastest and most effective helicopter in the world - is also on display at the museum. Its brothers have participated in the world's greatest conflicts since the 1970s. One of the exhibits - an aircraft similar to the one used for the notorious flight from Helsinki to Moscow, with landing on Red Square - was left by a German tourist to Riga. As he was about to leave the city, he switched on the motor and got off to remove blocks from the undercarriage. The helicopter started moving forward and rolled straight into airport structures.