Indonesian Indonesian
Text &  Pictures: Serge Van Heertum - ęSBAP 2012 


During my career in the Belgian national company, I had of course the possibility to make some nice trips. Some of them gave me the opportunity to join the holiday and my passion for aviation. In the early 1990s I went three times in Indonesia, unique opportunity to visit two museums and some other places where Indonesian planes are preserved. Before making this report, I did some research and what we can tell is that both museums are still existing. The only difference is the addition of some new plane like a Tupolev TU-16 "Badger", Grumman Albatros, PBY Catalina and A-4 Skyhawk I have not seen during my different visit.


TNI-AU = Tentara National Indonesia - Angkatan Udara (Indonesian Air Force)

TNI-AD = Tentara National Indonesia - Angkatan Darat (Indonesian Army)

TNI-AL = Tentara National Indonesia - Angkatan Laut (Indonesian Navy)

ABRI SATRIA MANDALA (Army Museum - Jakarta)

The first one is located in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. South-east of the city, it is the official national army museum. Named Satria Mandala, we can say that this place is a "Must-See" military museum. The upper floor present dioramas showing important events in Indonesian military history, The ground floor present an incredible amount of small arms of the pre- and World War II era, the backyard full of cannon, mortar, recoil less and vehicles. Heading back outside, there is a large cannon display with many historic pieces, and the most interesting for us, preserved airplanes from different Indonesian Air Force, army and Navy period.

14-16 Jalan Gatot Subroto
Kuningan Timur Village
Jakarta Pusat, 12710
Phone: +62 21 522 7949

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Bell 204B from 7th Squadron in service after the Soviet period until 1987 Mikoyan Gurevitch MIG-21 F from the Soviet period (1959-1966)
North American T-6G "Texan" North American P-51D from 3rd Squadron
North American B-25J "Mitchell" from 1st Squadron Mil Mi-4 from Angkatan Dorat (Indonesian Army)
Fairey Gannet AS4 from Angkatan Laut (Indonesian navy) Close up on the nose and the Indonesian Navy roundel
Tachikawa KI 9 "Spruce" first trainer aircraft after the second world war Mansyu KI 79 "Otsu" trainer version of the Nakajima KI 27
This Douglas C-47A is restaured as RI-001 used by the independentist,
but the real one was destructed in 1948
The real RI-001 was painted with the Indonesian Airways colours
but was in fact operated by the 2nd Squadron
Little Indonesia park  (jakarta)
Another Douglas C-47A "Dakota" RI-001  preserved in
the "Little Indonesia" park Jakarta
DIRGANTARA MANDALA (Air Force Museum - Yogyakarta)

The Indonesian Air Force have an excellent, but less known air museum located in Yogyakarta. Called Dirgantara Mandala, the museum is located at the west side of Yogyakarta airport. All aircraft are undercover and maintained in perfect conditions. Some of exposed aircraft are well-known like Mustang or other Invader, but the most interesting are the former Japanese captured aircraft and one authentic Zero fighter discovered in one of the Indonesian island. The museum also has excellent well maintained displays of missiles, radar and other aircraft related equipment as well as model displays telling the history of the Indonesian Air Force and the fight against the Japanese and Dutch for their independence. A check of the visitors book revealed that only locals and some foreign people are visiting this museum. Admission minimum 10.000 Rupias or larger donation. The museum is supposedly open every day from 8am to 1pm except Friday and public holidays. The museum is manned by volunteers (like many air museum around the world...).  


Sadly no official web site :

Lanud Adisutjipto
Yogyakarta 55002

Tel. +62 274 564465, 564466

Mitsubishi KI 51 "Sonia" Nakajima KI 43 "Oscar" (Hayabusa)
Mitsubishi A6M2 "zero" was retreived in Iran Jawa jungle
and restored in his original Japanese markings
North American P-51D from 3rd Squadron
North American B-25J from 1st Squadron but with comouflage coulors Douglas B-26B "Invader" from 1st Squadron.
Piper J3C-L4J "Cub" used as trainer after operational career WSK Mielec TS8 "Bies"
Consolidated Vultee BT-13 "Vailliant" and above a replica of the Pesawat Wel-1.
The real Pesawat Wel-1 was destroyed by comunist rebels during an airshow.
North American T-6G "Texan" from the Air Academy
AS-1 "Kennel" air to ground missile. This missile was monted under the
Tupolev TU-16 "Badger"  wings from the 41th and 42th Squadron's
Mikoyan Gurevitch MIG-15 UTI
Mikoyan Gurevitch MIG-17 PF from 11th Squadron Mikoyan Gurevitch MIG-19 SF (Farmer C) from 12th Squadron
Mikoyan Gurevitch MIG-21 F (Fishbed C) from 300 Wing Aero L 29 "Delphin with Air Academy markings
De Havilland DH-115 "Vampire T.55 from 11th Squadron CAC 27 "Sabre" Mk.32 from 14th Squadron aerobatic team
Lockheed T-33A "Shooting Star" from 11th Squadron Many Indonesian planes weared the  "Sharkmouth"...
Lavochkin LA-11 PZL 104 "Gelatik" (Rice Bird in Indonesian language)
Lipnur LT-200, local production based on the Pazmany PL-2 Auster Mk.3
Lockheed L-1329 "Jetstar" 6 from the presidential flight (17th Squdron) This sample was named "Pancasila" and the other one in service "Saptamarga"
Mil Mi-4 "Hound" from 8th squadron / 4th Wing Sikorsky H-34 "Choctaw" from 8th Squadron
Hiller 360B
GEMBIRA LOKA Zoo (Yogyakarta)
Consolidated Vultee BT-13 "Vailliant" from Indinesian Air Academy (1950) Was exposed in the zoological garden of Yogjakarta but currently moved

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