Aviation museums, airports, flights

Aviation through the eyes of a traveler

Spanish Museum of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Museo del Aire), Madrid

National aviation museum (Museo de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica or Museo del Aire) is quite far from the centre of Madrid, outside the city. You can reach it easiest by bus from the terminal Pricipe PIO, routes 511, 512,513,514,516,518,521,522,523,528,539. Buying a ticket from the driver, tell me what you need to stop "Escuela de Transmisiones" (map). - if there is no will, it will just pass by. I'm not allowed to go stop an elderly lady who heard my conversation with the driver. She kindly pressed the Stop button, signaling the driver when appeared in front of the overpass - crossing a highway, next to which is located, I need to stop.

Madrid. The Museum of Aeronautics.

Get out of the bus we need a little walk back, turning right at the sign "Museo".

Madrid. The Museum of Aeronautics.

After the turn is detected by the steel bridge across the railway line.

Madrid. The Museum of Aeronautics.

Alternatively, the Museum can be reached by the suburban train line C-5 from Atocha railway station to the stop Qatro Vientоs (map). But then you have to go to the Museum about a mile.

Madrid. The Museum of Aeronautics.

Quatro Vientos you can also ride the blue line of the Madrid metro (Linea 10), but the bus is faster and more convenient.

Madrid. The Museum of Aeronautics.

Passing over the bridge, see the building with aircraft symbols on the facade that I took for the Museum building. But this territory was a military institution, and the smiling soldiers in  the entrance pointed me in the right direction.

Madrid. The Museum of Aeronautics.

After another hundred meters, I found myself at the ticket office (map). The Museum is open 11 months a year (excluding August) from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 14:00. Non-working days as well  1 and 6 January, 12 November, 10 December (Day of the virgin of Loreto, patroness of aviators), 24,25 and 31 December. I must say that 4 hours for the fan of aviation too little, and in one visit to explore the impossible. I bought a ticket at 10:10 and left the area at 13:55, examining only airplanes on open areas and a couple of hangars..

Spanish Museum of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Museo del Aire)