Air Museum

You can always count on the Portuguese to find new ways to leave their little rectangle beside the sea. Come and discover the history of Portuguese aviation.

Discover the history of aviation in Portugal at the Museu do Ar, near Sintra. Long before Lisbon airport’s mythical landings with views of the river, bridge and city, Portuguese aviators were successfully crossing the Southern Atlantic by celestial navigation alone.

But the great adventure of Portuguese aviation is not just about Sacadura Cabral and Gago Coutinho.

The museum also contains historic planes, the history of TAP and the ANA collection, alongside helicopters, engines, simulators, propellers and much more.

The Pioneers Room is devoted to the great feats of Portugal’s aviators. If you have time and are an aficionado, the Alverca and Ovar sections are also worth seeing.

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