National Museum of Romanian Aviation

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State Romania
Regional (NUTS I) hierarchical level Muntenia
NUTS II (Province) Bucharest
NUTS III Bucharest
Connection to traffic network The nearest subway station Aurel Vlaicu is 10 mins by walk

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • General localization – located in Bucharest – capital of Romania
  • Transport links – good transport links to transport axes
  • Attractiveness of the site and objects - many preserved facilities and equipment from the world and history of airport;  The first airport used also as military school in Romania, where many famous pilots “grow up” – it also helped a lot to establish museum here.

Brief description of site and current use

It was the main military airport of the capital during the period 1916-1958.It was not used only as military airport, but it was used also as laboratory, as stuff military training and as the first military school in Romania.  First attempt to build up museum was after the WW I, when there was a small exhibition presenting war documents captured by the Romanian Army during the military conflicts.  

Significant buildings of Pipera airport are preserved in the museum: current administrative buildings are redeveloped from the former Aeronautical Craftmen School, the former events hall is used as library nowadays and there are preserved also three aircraft hangars from the 20s and 30s. However, none of hangars is used as aircraft house, all were converted into museum spaces. Property of museum is over 90 aircrafts, anti-aircraft cannon guns and terrain-air warheads along with radar stations and over 10,000 products concerning aeronautic field. It owns also personal letters, original photos, licenses etc. of Aurel Vlaicu, Henri August, Hanry Coanda and others. Another aim of museum is organization of display abroad and in Romania, publishing, assistance to visitors and students developing license papers etc.

Original use – basic description

Original use Military aerodrome- Main military airport of the capital during the period 1916-1958
Area 10 ha
Type of site Military site

Current state – basic description

Current use

National Museum of Romanium Aviation
% of built-up area Not specified
State of Environment Rebuild into museum
New use from 2006
Total costs Not specified
Owner of site Ministry of National Defense- Civil Aviation Department

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site
Ministry of National Defense- Civil Aviation Departmen
Minister of National Defense: Corneliu Dobriţoiu
Local public administration Contact museum:
Investors participating at redevelopment State Romania