|Text & Pictures: Laurent Cuvelier - ©SBAP 2013|
On the west coast, in the town of Akureyri you will discover the Icelandic Aviation Museum .This one is located along the airstrip of the regional airfield. This atypical museum will let you discover beautiful iconography of early Icelandic aviation, or the remains of a world war II Fairey Battle of the Royal Air Force. A collection of cabin attendant uniforms is also presented to the visitors. But, the most attractive remains in the aircraft collection are some “birds” that we don’t see every day in our country. We can only emphasize the presence of an Auster Mk V, a DHC-2 Beaver floatplane, a Dornier 28-A1, an Airspeed Oxford, a Stinson Reliant SR-7B ...and many other interesting planes. One of the most active aviation occurrences in Iceland is of course the SAR (Search and Rescue) missions, so a part of the museum is dedicated to that. The museum also exhibits a Fokker F-27 and an Aerospatiale “Dauphin” from the Icelandic Air Guards. The pinnacle of the collection is a beautiful DC-3 that still makes regular rotations to the capital Reykjavik.
A visit is more than worth your while, and the planes give you the impression that when you turn over the starter, the machines will take over the air once again, as they are so splendidly maintained.
The first Icelandic company "Air Iceland" was created on March 22nd, 1919 and was firstly equipped with Avro 504K’s. In 1928, Air Iceland rents 3 Junkers F-13 and a Junkers W.33D from Germany. They were used to carry passengers and mail, but also dedicated to the support of the fishermen, helping to find shoals of herring. Iceland Air ceased their activities in 1931 and restarted operations in 1937. The “Svifflugfèlag Akureyri” was then equipped with Waco YKS-7TF Eagles used to transport passenger s and mail to the capital Reykjavik. In March 1940, the company assumed the name of Air Iceland and chose the Beechcraft 18D (1 aircraft) and the De Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapide (2 aircraft) in April 1942. These were painted fully in red to distinguish them from RAF aircraft. Due to lack of airfields, the company also acquired Grumman Goose seaplanes and Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina. The first international flights began in 1946, to Greenland or the Faroe Islands. The connection was established by using three C-47 A’s (one bought from the USAF and the other two in the RAF.) One of them still performs rotations between Akureyri and Reykjavik. The evolution of the company continued with the acquisition of the DC-4, which links England, Scotland and Denmark. Today, Air Iceland continues its regular flights to Europe and America.
If you show interest for the Icelandic aviation, a beautiful book chronicles 90
years of aviation in Iceland:
Icelandic Aircraft - 90 Years History Íslenskar flugvélar - 90 ár í saga by Snorri Snorrason and Wilfred Hard.
Akureyri Airfield (Google earth)
|Fokker F-27-200 Friendship from the Coast guard (TF-SYN)||The Fokker pilot office|
The cargo bay
|The crew desk|
|Aerospatial SA365N Dauphin (TF-SIF)||The Dauphin control panel|
|Van's RV-6 (TF-ART)||RV-6 cockpit|
|Ercoupe 415c (TF-EHA)||Ercoupe cockpit|
|Cessna 140 (TF-AST)||De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver floatplane|
|Auster Mk 5A (TF-LBP)||Pitts S-1S (TF-ABJ)|
|Dornier DO-28B-B1 (TF-LOW)||Evans VP-1 "volksplane" (TF-KEA)|
|Waco YKS-7 (TF-SGL)||Waco's cockpit|
|Beechcraft C-45H (TF-JFA)||Klem L.25E (TF-SUX)|
|Stinson SR-7B Reliant (TF-AZX)||The relant cockpit|
|Schleicer K-4 Rhönlerche II (TF-SBE)||Schweizer TG-3A (TF-SBA)|
|Delta plane||Grunau IX|
|Junker F.13 model||Early years tarmac vehicle|
|The cockpit section of the Boeing B-727-108C TF-FIE||The nose section of the Douglas DC-6A TF-IUB|
|Dornier 228-201 wrecks TF-ADD||Beech D50B twin bonanza TF-ESD|
|Still in service between Akureyri and Reykjavik...||...this wonderful Douglas DC-3 TF-NPK|
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