Our museum ‘Secrets of the Soviet airbase’ is an unparalelled and unique collection of artifacts, exhibits, photographs that have a common focus: the Soviet air force in Austria and Hungary, a topic about what has just been written in a two-volume book.
When visiting this display we can get aquainted with hot topics as Soviet nuclear weapons in Hungary, catastrophes of Soviet aircraft during the years of Communism and relation between Soviet officers and soldiers and the local people. We can also learn a lot about how and what weapons were tested and used on the bombing range of Nádudvar. It is a must-see for all those interested in general history or history of the XX. century.
The founder and organiser of the museum is Karoly Vandor, an internationally renowned aviation historian, author of several articles, books. His team’s enthusiasm marks this unique and very interesting collection about the soviet airbases of Debrecen, Esztergom, Kadafalva, Kalocsa, Kunmadaras, Pápa, Sármellék, Székesfehérvár, Tököl, Veszprém-Szentkirályszabadja.
Our museum is an interactive display: we will show you original footage shot in the late 1980’s on the airbases by Soviet air force aircrews, we can sit in the ejection seat of a Russian-made aircraft in a full set of flying garments and can get awarded a special diploma from the unit commander. We also have a small museum shop where you can buy plastic scale models, books and other memorablia.
Each exhibit has its own history: each one is a unique and rare piece of the past. We know of all crashed airframes and have a nice collection of aircraft parts and pieces, such as those of Su-24 and Yak-28 frontline bombers, MiG-27, Su-7 and Su-17 frontline fighter-bombers and MiG-17 fighter. We would also draw you attention to the full and detailed collection of flight suits, helmets, masks, gloves, goggles, high-altitude suits and those of the ground crews, too and uniforms, badges and awards, all set in two big and several smaller vitrines. You can not miss the photos and documents never published before and shown on the walls of the corridor. And last but not least, the aerial bombs that have been in use by the Soviet and now the Russian air force: agitation, flare, submunition and practice bombs, missiles, bullets… .