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Bodo (Norway). Airfield of NATO and Museum of aircraft

Uritsk Andrey • 4 minutes read • April 16th, 2016
A large airfield, which is used both for civil and military purposes, is located in the Norwegian city of 


. There is a large base of Royal Military Air Forces of Norway. During "Cold War", the Norwegian military airfield of 


which was located near the Soviet border was an important strategic point of the  NATO Air Force. Needless to say, this is where the American U-2 scout plane with its pilot Gary Powers was supposed to arrive on May 1, 1960, but … never did. For those who don't know, I will kindly remind: on May 1, 1960, Powers was flying over the USSR with the goal to photograph military and commercial sites, as well as record signals of the local Soviet radio stations. Having crossed the USSR border, American U-2 plane was shot down by missiles. Gary Powers manage to parachute safely but was captured by the KGB and convicted of espionage.

The aviation museum of Bodo was founded in 1995, and its building looks like a plane. The exposition of the museum is located in several halls – two central halls are devoted to military and civil aviation. There are many interesting aviation exhibits in these huge halls: reduced-size models, as well as actual planes. In addition, there are several aviation simulators in the museum of Bodo which allow you to experience flights on military fighters. In general, it's a very interesting museum and undoubtedly one of the best ways to spend time in Bodo. Below is a small photo selection of expositions of the museum. It should be compelling for those who have an interest in aviation and technology.

At an entrance to the museum:
Internal expositions are shown below:
The hall devoted to "USSR" and "Cold war":
You can recognize familiar faces:
U-2 scout plane:
The hall devoted to civil aviation:
There are dispatching offices of different years...
The hall devoted to military aircraft:
In the foreground - the plane of Luftwaffe which was shot down on the territory of Norway:
The old dispatching office is now a part of the exhibition:
From the museum theory to practice... The F-16 fighter of the Royal Air Force of Norway is landing in the military airfield of Bodo:
Civil aircrafts landing in Bodo:
It is a very interesting museum and an absolute must to visit in Bodo! :)
Author: Uritsk
Translated by: Gian Luka

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