Datangshan visit by John Chapman, 2005
Photos © John Chapman
The China Aviation Museum (also called the China Aeronautical Museum) is still often called, and I do too, the Datangshan Air Museum. However, Datangshan is the name of the mountain at the museum, in which the tunnel (hangar) is located and this clarifies the misunderstanding.
I have visited this museum in 2002 and became interested in the unidentified airframes (e.g. the 3 Curtiss C-46 Commando's). I have compiled a list (see bottom page) from various sources and regularly receive welcome contributions and/or updates. Please bear in mind I have no knowledge whatsoever of most military types displayed here.
John Chapman sent me such a list and it became clear that since 2002 various aircraft (An-24, An-2) had been added; aircraft had been moved around too.
To illustrate this John sent me a large selection of images (herewith published with his permission) and added the following comment:
"I don't think there are many new planes - in fact some have gone ( a few CJ6s) for example.
The An-12 are certainly new, as are two of the An-24s and a few of the An-2s (plus of course the Be-6). Interestingly there seems to be another Li-2 (now 8 in total).
If you hover the cursor over the thumbnail, you will be able to read the info on the plane.
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