First UAE airport becomes a museum

The first airport of the United Arab Emirates, located in Sharjah, has been turned into a museum that tells the story of the UAE’s aviation history. The airport, preserved in its pristine condition, will take visitors back in time. Tickets cost AED 5 for children from 2 to 12 years old, AED 10 for adults from 13 years old and free entry for children under 2 years old.

Among the museum’s remarkable exhibits is a miniature model of the legendary Hanno, the first aircraft to land in the UAE. Each room of the museum on display tells the story of the country’s journey in aviation.

One of the museum’s main exhibits is the De Havilland DH 104 DOVE SRS 1G AJPR aircraft, built in 1947 and owned by Gulf Aviation Company Limited.

Another aircraft that visitors can see is an American-made Douglas DC. It was operated by Eagle Air Services, Kuwait Air and Gulf Aviation Ltd.

These exhibits demonstrate not only the technological evolution of aviation, but also the importance of this mode of transport in the history of the UAE. One of the highlights of the museum is the opportunity to look inside the cockpits and fuselages of vintage aircraft, which makes for an incredible experience.

Apart from the aircraft, the museum has a huge collection of aviation memorabilia such as engines, equipment, documents and photographs. It’s not just a museum – it’s a fascinating journey through time.

It is worth recalling that the history of aviation in the UAE began on 5 October 1932. The first aircraft to land in the Emirates was a British-made Handley Page HP42 four-propeller aircraft, nicknamed “Hanno”. This historic flight, operated by British Imperial Airways, marked the beginning of the aviation era in the country.

Source: Khaleej Times

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