A Flyby of the Icelandic Aviation Museum (Museums in Strange Places S01 E12)

The Icelandic Aviation Museum in Akureyri is filled with great stories: locals crashing a Nazi glider into an open grave, the president’s plane enlisted to beat the British in the Cod Wars, and a nineteen year search to find a missing WWII plane that crash landed in a glacier. The museum’s chairman of the board, Hörður Geirsson, gave me an insiders tour and told me more about their collection and the history of aviation in Iceland.

Music in this episode is from The Aristókrasía Project album by Úlfur Eldjárn.

The Nazi glider, the oldest airplane in the museum.

How to Listen to Museums in Strange Places

Welcome to Museums in Strange Places. I’m your host, Hannah Hethmon, and this is a podcast for people who love museums, stories, culture, and exploring the world.

This year, I’m living in Iceland, and in each episode, I visit a different Icelandic museum to discover what stories they hold and how they reflect and shape Iceland’s unique cultural identity.

The podcast is hosted by me, Hannah Hethmon, an American Fulbright Fellow living in Reykjavík. You can find and follow me on Twitter and Instagram @hannah_rfh.

The Museums in Strange Places podcast is available on your favorite podcast listening platforms (Did I miss one you like? Let me know!):

More Information on Subjects Covered in the Podcast

  • Information on the planes kept at the museum (in Icelandic)
  • A great little article about the Cod Wars
  • Newspaper article about the search and discovery of the WWII plane, the Fairey Battle

Photos of the Icelandic Aviation Museum in Akureyri, Iceland

Hörður searching for the missing wreck of the Photos from the search for the Fairey Battle
Photos from the search for the WWII wreck, the Fairey Battle
Photos from the search for the WWII wreck, the Fairey Battle
Photos about the missing WWII wreck, the Fairey Battle
The American major who helped with the search for the Fairey Battle
Insignia on the plane used in the Cod Wars and for the president.
The plane used in the Cod Wars and for the president.
Hörður Geirsson, Chairman of the museum’s board.

View from inside the museum
Work area for the pilots and mechanics in training who come to the museum every year for two months to work with the planes.
Work area for the pilots and mechanics in training who come to the museum every year for two months to work with the planes.

Outside of the Aviation Museum
Outside of the Aviation Museum

Photos of the Icelandic Aviation Museum

 

One of the airplanes being flown for the “Fly Days” the museum holds in the summer.

The museum also serves as a training ground for aspiring pilots and mechanics in Iceland.

Sound effect credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

 

 

 

 

 

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