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“The Hunt for a Transformer”

Indonesian Airforce Museum
Ranked #49 of 246 things to do in Yogyakarta
Certificate of Excellence
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 6 Contributor
71 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“The Hunt for a Transformer”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I Tried, There wasnt any Decepticon's there!
**BRING A PHOTOSTAT COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT OR YOU WILL BE DENIED ENTRY, ITS A MILITARY BASE**

All in all, it was a really cool place to be with the display of replicas, weapons, avation related items and dioramas. What was EPIC is the actual scale airplanes and aircraft (mortars and helicopters) displayed in the hanger. Some of the aircraft are able to go on, mostly not. There are goodies to be purchased at the outside and check on the park outside. there are bigger aircraft/heli's and a missile from the soviet at the entrance. dont miss the TUPOLEV!

Its partially air-conditioned. and also, rent a pilot suit and take a picture if you like!

Visited May 2014
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English first
Surabaya, Indonesia
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Worth to be in your must visit list”
Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

Located just a few hunderd meters from main road (adisucipto street) this place likely not so famous. But actually this place is very worth to be in your must visit place in yogyakarta..

The entrance fee was very cheap only 3000 rupiah for each person.. Inside you can see a history of indonesian air force with its diorama.. And deeper we enter, we will se numerous airplane (B-25, MIG 17, MIG 21, F-86, P-51, DC-10, OV-10,etc) that has been used on war by the air force. And each plane comes with its stories...

For a person like me, which when i was a kid i dream a lot of being a pilot and admire a lot of airplane, this place has become my dreamland, and like a dreams come true..

Admit it, a boys will always be boys

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Jakarta, Indonesia
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Rent a pilot flight suit and take your pictures as an air force pilot”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

This Museum is awesome !
Outside the museum you will be greeted by several aircrafts that made their days in the Indonesian Air Force glory. However it is inside the hangar that you can really enjoy your visit to the museum.
My advise is first try to locate the place that rent pilot uniform inside the hangar. For IDR 10.000 (less than USD 1 ) you can rent a flight suit available in military green and orange and wandering around taking your pictures with the old airplanes. If you like the old french comic "Tanguy & Laverdure" you wil be feeling like you are the french air force pilot in the story. Alternatively, you can also have your picture taken and printed by the rental person for IDR 20.000 (less than USD 2)
The admisson fee is cheap IDR 3.000/person and the parking fee is IDR 5.000, real value for money

Visited January 2014
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
907 reviews
571 attraction reviews
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“Superb Museum - Corrupt Officials”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Firstly the Museum is near - but not at - the airport. Its down a road off the main City ring road which is just before the main road to the airport as you travel in a Northerly direction. It sits within a military area - and one passes through a "checkpoint" of dozing Military Police then carry on about half a mile and the Museum is on the left.

This is when it got interesting - as soon as we got out of our Taxi a military motorcyclist insisted we return to the entrance for checks - even though the world and his wife roam in and out of the gate freely. We had to go and buy photocopies of our Passports (luckily we had the passports on us) and then hand over a sum for "Car Parking" which went straight into the MPs pocket. One gets used to corruption here - but the Military Police ? For an institution who's aim is to portray their Air Force as an effective honorable force to begin by spotting and fleecing tourists is rather odd and paints them in a very negative light.

We went into the museum and the were charged some made up fee which went straight into her pocket too. Asking for a ticket or receipt simply resulted in laughter.

This is where the thievery stopped.

The Museum is among the best Museums in the country ! They have a great collection of odd aircraft - A Japanese Oscar Fighter and Sonia dive bomber from WW2 (Used by the Indonesian Air Force early on) the usual flush of Mig 15,17,19, 21, a DH Vampire.... the list goes on. One can clamber into some aircraft - sat in the cockpit of a DC3 for example. There are the usual dioramas of Indonesian Air Force History. It's a very politically controlled display - subjects where they did well are there - no mention of their ineffectiveness in the Malaysian Confrontation in the 1950s for instance.

Outside there are some excellent exhibits - an A4 Skyhawk, Puma, Catalina and a Bison cold war Soviet Jet Bomber and a SA2 Guideline SAM.

There is some information in English which is excellent news, and the whole museum is clean and well cared for. Even a small souvenir / gift shop.

So for a Aviation buff its excellent. Accept you may get fleeced by their Military (It's only a small amount admittedly) and it's an excellent 2 or 3 hours well spent.

Visited September 2013
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Jakarta
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Underrated venue with some hidden treasure”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

Indonesian Air Force Museum may be the most underrated place in Yogyakarta. Not many tourists want to see a museum, managed by government or military, which usually full of propaganda. But, I found it very interesting.
No official admission, but I paid 9,000 for three people. The museum start with a great hall with pictures of previous Air Force commander and I was quite surprised that Omar Dhani's picture is still there. He was former Air Force commander and was accused to be part of the Indonesia Communist Party (PKI) coup in 1965. Even his suit is still part of exhibit items.
I also didn't found any PKI coup related story/exhibit items in the museum, which can be found in almost every government/military-owned museums.
The best part is the Alutsista room, which showed aircrafts used by Indonesian Air Force. Just don't compare it with Smithsonian. But, it really showed that Indonesia had best Air Force in the 1960s. There are MiG 17, MiG19, MiG 21 and even bomber Tupolev Tu-16.
I really enjoyed my visit there and it's worth to visit, especially for Indonesians who love history.

Visited June 2013
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