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Royal Saudi Air Force Museum, Riyadh


Just last week, a friend who will be spending his annual leave in Sydney, Australia asked us to take him to the airport. Along the way, our conversation led to Qantas being mentioned in the 1988 movie Rainman. In that movie, Raymond, portrayed by Dustin Hoffman insisted to his brother, played by Tom Cruise, that Qantas is the safest airline in the world. I believed that perception for years until I did my research.

That conversation made me remember my late post about our visit to the Royal Saudi Air Force Museum (RSAF) / Saqr Al-Jazira Aviation Museum. I accompanied my daughter on her second field trip here and I also want to check the place out. I admit I don't have any interest in mechanical things so please bear with me if I can't tell you some of the names of the planes, the engines, or the weaponry.









*The display halls contain exhibits on the history of the RSAF, aircraft engines and weaponry, uniforms, insignia and decorations and a special display on Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Saudi in space who rode as a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-51-G.





As much as I want to read about Saudi Arabia's aviation history in the posters inside the museum, we had to leave for other tasks. Maybe, learning about it can wait until I have time to research. I hope it won't take years this time.


*Wikipedia

Comments

Farida said…
Oh I thought that you visited the museum with your son... usually boys would be interested in planes, etc. I'm guessing that they have restored the oldest plane to the newest one they have, right? Pero the place where the pilot works really looks so complex... btw do you also use an abaya? na-curious ako kasi I saw some ladies on the photo wearing it. :)
Beng Gee said…
Beth, I agree with Ida. Planes for me are a boy thing. Happy for you that you took time checking out the Saudi Aviation Museum. We also had the chance to see war planes. That was in Clark Air Base. Ang nag-enjoy dun si hubby not me. Lol!

Hope all is well with you. Have a great week ahead!
Beth said…
Hi Ida,
I edited my post. I added that I went there with my daughter because it was their field trip. Gabby went there the following week.

Yes, we wear abayas here. One of these days, I would post pics of me wearing them. :)
Beth said…
Yes, Ate Beng. Planes are a boy thing. That's why Sunday and I didn't linger hehehe. If Fred and Gabby were there, they would have stayed longer for sure.
Nada Atieh said…
Dear Beth,

Is there any way that you could send us the high resolution images of the Saudi Airforce Museum posted above for an article in a magazine in Riyadh. We will be glad to mention your blog link or name as a reference.
I am going there this saturday! Excited a lot
I am going there this saturday! Excited a lot

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