Air Force Museum History

The idea of inaugurating a Museum to preserve and depict the Aviation History of the Sri Lanka Air Force was initially suggested by Air Vice Marshal W. D. H. S. W. Goonetileke, psc, ndc, during his tenure of office as Commander of the Air Force. The project got underway and initial steps were taken to identify and collect items of historical importance which were preserved at Sri Lanka Air Force Base, Katunayake.

Subsequently, the Museum project received a greater impetus on the direction of Air Marshal A.W. Fernando, VSV,psc, ndc, former Commander of the Air Force. Under his Command the Museum project became part and parcel of the Aircraft Preservation & Storage Unit(AP&SU). The primary task of the AP&SU was to obtain aircraft phased out from various flying formations and build them upto display standards.

This enormous task was achieved in stages through hard work and dedication.

Not only aircraft , but also other items of historical values used in the Sri Lanka Air Force were brought in from time to time. Today we exhibit all our aged aircraft and vintage equipment which are so valuable with great pride under one roof Sri Lanka Air Force Museum.