RMAF Museum at Sendayan Airbase

SHAH ALAM: RMAF museum at Sendayan airbase. The RMAF museum – which had been a permanent fixture at the Kuala Lumpur (Simpang/Sungei) airbase has relocated to the Sendayan airbase in Negri Sembilan. The museum confirmed it was already operating at the airbase – the administrative training facility – of RMAF in its official Facebook page on Sept 23. The move was made on January 21, though it will only be opened to the public at a later date, the post said. So please don’t go there this weekend asking the guard to let you in as you want to visit the museum!

The main building of the new RMAF museum at the Sendayan. RMAF Museum Facebook.

The page also stated that it had started moving the exhibits from its temporary location at the former PDRM air wing base next to the former RMAF base.
The two aircraft loaded for transport for the new museum.

The exhibits – historical airplanes retired from service – had been moved to the former PDRM base several years back as the developer of the location started working on the project.
An aerial picture of Simpang in the early 1920s. CAAM

Two of the exhibits moved to Sendayan are an Allouette helicopter and an Eagle training aircraft. Both were mounted on low loaders for their transport to Sendayan on Sept 14.
Exhibits inside the RMAF museum. Its not yet opened to the public.

It is likely all of the exhibits stored at the former PDRM air wing base will be transported to Sendayan as the site will also be redeveloped. It is unclear whether apart from the new office, the new museum will have a hangar to display its exhibits or most of them will be left out in the open, to be at the mercy of the elements unlike most of the other such museums overseas.
RTN Sea Harrier and A-7E Corsair on display at the RTAF museum in Bangkok.

–Malaysian Defence

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  1. Probably the only National AIr Force Museum that is not located at a real airfield.

    Would prefer it to be located at a more accessible location, say at the old ASTC MIG-29 maintenance hangar in Kuantan.

    Can easily reached through the civilian airport side. No need to go through military side and security to enter.

    The RTAF Museum is also not accessible to a runway. Yes it will better for it to have a dedicated entry

  2. I don’t get. If we’re too poor or too hassle to build even a shed over the smaller planes, why can’t put up canvas tents over each of them? Ones that can hold up to MIG size at least. These semi permanent structures are cheapish to setup, weatherproof lasting many years with only the outer canvas to be replaced with age, modular configurable to size & portable, and easily available in market. Only downside is it can get quite hot & stuffy after a while even with ventilation.

  3. Just a food for thought, wouldn’t be better if all the Armed Forces museum to be integrated into one single location instead of being separated to Malacca, Port Dickson and now Sendayan. Of course there will be a resistance from state government who doesn’t want their tourist money making machine goes away.

  4. Even the RAF museum at Hendon is not located at an airfield. An air force museum does not necessarily have to be located in an airfield.

    Srangely enough the Alo 3 located outdoors at Museum Negara is in good condition – or used to be. It’s a must see as it’s a gunship example, fitted with a 20mm cannon. I use to get a thrill visiting the MAF museum at MINDEF.

  5. I don’t mind open air museum displays so long as safeguards are in place to protect the displays. I love the old air force museum in Sg Besi. And appreciated the fact (then) that the police helicopters and Bomba Mil helicopters are parked alongside the museum pieces. Plenty of stuff to see everytime I had business to drop by there.
    To be fair, I also dislike the current State Museum setup in Kuching Sarawak. It used to be a beautiful museum, traditional longhouse displays rivalling that of the Sarawak Cultural Village. The spick and span modernity perversely distract visitors from fully appreciating the displays.

  6. @Alex Vostox
    Money making machine? Are you serious? Hang on, they wouldn’t be in this decrepit state if they were rolling in cash.

  7. When I was in Sydney, I saw groups of children visiting the Convicts Museum, & National Maritime Museum, mind you the price for the latter is NOT CHEAP but my experience is priceless after talking to some of the ex-crew members! When I was in Nagasaki, again schools would organise groups of children to visit places of importance. I remember doing that as a kid, but I am guessing children of today no longer do such things. Its a pity.

    Not only does it engages the young mind, it also helps to bring in revenue to these cultural & historical places & locations.

  8. Anyone knows whether when it will be open to the public? I don’t see any updates from them on their FB page. But it seems like they’ve been hosting some non-public events already, so I assume it’s almost ready to open

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