Friday, 13 July 2012

Royal Saudi Air Force Museum Riyadh




Visit the Royal Saudi Air Force Museum in Riyadh, known in Arabic as Saqr Al-Jazira.  It's a pleasant way to spend an afternoon looking at various aircraft from Saudi's short aircraft history to present day.

While surfing the net one day I read a small piece about an Aircraft Museum in Saudi, though no details were given on where it was and no amount of Googling brought forth any other mention of the place.  Hubster has a dream to own a spitfire so I presumed he'd love fossicking around an Aircraft Museum for something to do in Riyadh and determined to find Saqr Al-Jazira.

I came across it by accident after a day trip to Al Kharj with Haya Tours.  The bus was cruising along the Eastern Ring Road and I happened to be telling the lady sitting next to me about my search for the Aircraft Museum when what should we drive past but a very large passenger aircraft (I later discovered it's a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar) sitting behind a wall next to the highway.  I remember saying, 'Why is there an airplane by the road?', then the penny dropped.  I looked at her, she looked at me and we laughed - I'd found my museum.  If I hadn't been on that bus that day with the advantage of height, I might still be searching!

The plane in the back is visible from the Ring Road.
That weekend Mr Noor delivered us to the gate in the wall and the guard directed us to the museum entrance which is not on the ring road itself, but just around the corner.

Knowing nothing about engines or aircraft I just nosied around while Hubster roamed among the craft sitting on the tarmac admiring them for....well, for whatever men admire displayed aircraft for.  There's also an indoor display and we headed there when a dust cloud decided to blow over and the dust started to get a bit thick outdoors.  The static displays allow a close look at some reconstructions, a sit in a pilot seat and also a 3D simulation flight.  All quite well done I thought.

Here are some pics of our visit:
















The Royal Saudi Air Force Museum is located on the Eastern Ring Road between exits 10 and 11. Keep an eye out for the Saudia Lockheed Tristar still parked by the highway!  Opening hours for the Saudi Royal Air Force Museum are typical of Saudi - 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm to 9:00pm.  From memory admission is 10SAR for adults. I believe kids are 5SAR.

Location of the Riyadh Aviation Museum


If you, or your kids, are into looking at airplanes or airplane motors then the Saudi Royal Air Force Museum is definitely a place you should visit.


Ka Kite,
Kiwi

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