The collection

In front of MiG-27D of the Debrecen-based 88. fighter-bomber regiment is standing the parade squadron of the Southern Group of Forces on May 18, 1990, on the day the unit left for Olenegorsk near Murmansk.Our museum ‘Secrets of the Soviet airbase’ is an unparalelled and unique collection of artifacts, exhibits, photographs. All of them have a common focus: the Soviet air force in Hungary and Austria, a topic about what a best-selling two-volume book has been written. Our collection is located in a Hungarian thermal resort, Berekfürdő, only 4 kilometers from the former Soviet airfield of Kunmadaras.

Visiting our museum

When visiting this collection you can get aquainted with the Secrets of the Soviet airbases of the Southern Group of Forces. Such as Soviet nuclear weapons in Hungary, disasters of Soviet aircraft during the years of the Cold War and relation between officers of the Soviet air force in Hungary and local people.

We can also learn a lot about how and what weapons were tested and used at the bombing and gunnery range of Nádudvar. It is a must-see for all those interested in general history or history of the XX. century.

The ultimate highlights of the museum are our Mi-24 combat helicopter and a MiG-21MF ‘9603’ fighter recieved in April 2021. The latter is being currently restored to its original factory finish.
There was a MiG-21bis fighter jet that was put on display by its four owners (former members of our museum team) in November 2019. The four owners decided to remove this fighter from the collection to the civil aircraft museum ‘AeroPark’ in Budapest. After having worked on it full-heartedly to restore it to its original finish, our team is wishing them good luck and continuing the work on our next projects.

Freshly restored Mi-24D of the Secrets of the Soviet airbase museum: this very machine was the very first export Mi-24 in the world! (ex. NVA Mi-24D 403, and later Bundeswehr 96+20)

MiG-21bis '41', aquired by the museum on November 30, 2019  The airframe is soon to be restored

 

The team

The chief founder and organiser of the museum is Karoly Vandor, an internationally renowned aviation historian, author of several articles, books. His team’s enthusiasm marks this unique and very interesting collection about the soviet airbases of Debrecen, Esztergom, Kadafalva, Kalocsa, Kunmadaras, Pápa, Sármellék, Székesfehérvár, Tököl, Veszprém-Szentkirályszabadja.

Our museum is an interactive display: we will show you original footages made in the late 1980’s at the airbases by Soviet air force aircrews, you can sit in the ejection seats of our MiG-21bis and MF fighter jets (both former Hungarian People’s Army items) or a Mi-24 combat helicopter.

Each exhibit has its own history: with a unique and rare piece of the past. We know of all crashed aircraft and have a nice collection of aircraft parts and pieces. We have those of Su-24 and Yak-28 frontline bombers, MiG-27, Su-7 and Su-17 fighter-bombers and MiG-21/23 fighter jets.

We would also draw you attention to the full and detailed collection of flight suits, helmets, masks, gloves, goggles. But high-altitude suits and those of the ground crews are also to be seen. And uniforms, badges and awards, all set in two big and several smaller displays are part of the exhibition, too. You can not pass the never-published-before photos and documents on the walls of the corridor. And last but not least, an extensive collection of the aerial bombs of the Soviet  air force.

_IGP7343 None of our exhibits are harmful. None of our bombs, missiles, bullets contain hazardous materials, those have been removed and inerted.