World’s best avi­a­tion mu­se­ums?

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The travel depart­ment of US broad­caster CNN pub­lished its lat­est and very con­tro­ver­sial list of the ‘20 best avi­a­tion mu­se­ums around the world’ on 28 De­cem­ber 2018. Fea­tur­ing mu­se­ums from across the US, Europe, East Asia and one from the south­ern Hemi­sphere− Aus­tralia’s Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice Mu­seum at Alice Springs−it is a truly in­tercon­ti­nen­tal list but are they re­ally the world’s best?

Un­sur­pris­ingly, US avi­a­tion mu­se­ums have the lion’s share. One is the Caroli­nas Avi­a­tion Mu­seum in Char­lotte, NC, whose ex­hibits in­clude the US Air­ways Air­bus A320 that landed on the River Hud­son ten years ago this Jan­uary. Also listed are: the Delta Flight Mu­seum in At­lanta, GA; the EAA Mu­seum at Oshkosh, WI; the Mu­seum of Flight, Seattle, WA; Na­tional Mu­seum of the US Air Force, Day­ton, OH; Palm Springs Air Mu­seum, CA; Pima Air & Space Mu­seum, Tuc­son, AZ; Smith­so­nian NASM, Wash­ing­ton, DC; and Ud­var-hazy Cen­ter, Chan­tilly, VA, and the Wings Over the Rock­ies Air and Space Mu­seum, Den­ver, CO.

Canada’s sole en­try is the Avi­a­tion and Space Mu­seum in Ot­tawa, while from China, Poland, Ukraine and Rus­sia come four mas­sive com­plexes: the China Avi­a­tion Mu­seum (Bei­jing); Polish Avi­a­tion Mu­seum (Krakow); Oleg Antonov State Avi­a­tion Mu­seum (Kiev); and the Cen­tral Air Force Mu­seum (Monino). The lat­ter is a top­i­cal in­clu­sion with the an­nounce­ment of its clo­sure, dis­per­sal of smaller trans­portable ex­hibits and scrap­ping of the rest.

Euro­pean rep­re­sen­ta­tion com­prises the Museo del Aire at Madrid–cu­a­tro Vien­tos, Hangar-7 at Salzburg, Aus­tria, home to Red Bull’s stun­ning fleet, and the in­cred­i­ble Musée de l’air et de l’es­pace du Bour­get north of Paris, which cel­e­brates its cen­te­nary this year. IWM Dux­ford is one of just two UK mu­se­ums fea­tured: the other is Aero­space Bris­tol. Why are RAF Mu­seum Hen­don and Cos­ford miss­ing from this list?

Time is run­ning out for the im­mense Soviet hard­ware line-up at Monino, the doomed Rus­sian mu­seum listed

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