The Air Museum, located on the premises of a former airforce base, spans an area of about 7,000 square meters. It is home to more than 40 aircraft from different periods, ranging from the earliest times of flight to the latest. The museum's assortment of planes, engines, propellers, flight simulators, and other aeronautical objects showcases all the significant milestones of Portuguese aviation history. Whatever level of your interest in aircraft or aviation, the museum is an excellent destination for a family outing.
The Pioneers Room (Sala dos Pioneiros)
The exhibition showcases both military and commercial aviation sectors. In the Pioneers Room (Sala dos Pioneiros), visitors can experience the early days of Portuguese aviation and view a replica of the XIV Bis, the first aeroplane engine designed by Brazilian inventor and aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont in 1906. Learn how early Portuguese pilots Sacadura Cabral and Gago Coutinho successfully crossed the Southern Atlantic solely by navigating using the stars. Displays in the TAP - Transporte Aéreos Portugueses (Portuguese Air Transport) and ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal (Airports of Portugal) rooms showcase the history of both companies. Some of the planes which occupy the interior and exterior spaces include: "AVRO 631 Cadet", "DH-89 Dragon Rapide", "DH-82 Tiger Moth", "Junkers JU-52", "Douglas DC-3" and the "North-American AT-6". There are also replicas of great historical aircraft, including Santos-Dumont's "Demoiselle", MauriceFarman's "Farman MF-4", Gaston and René Caudron's "Caudron G-3" and Louis Blériot's "Blériot XI".
Tuesday – Sunday: 10h00 – 17h00, (last admission at 16h00), Monday: CLOSED
Adult: €3.00, Concessionary: €1.50. Child: FREE.
Lisbon Card: FREE
Take the N9 four miles (7km) North towards Pêro Pinheiro.
There are regular services run by Mafrense buses which depart from Sintra at the Portela de Sintra train station. Take the Mafra bus and alight at Pêro Pinheiro.
Granja do Marquês, Pêro Pinheiro, Sintra, Portugal. | 38° 53' 13.5" N | 09° 21' 58.6" W
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