Sri Lanka Air Force Museum is Sri Lanka's only national museum dedicated to the field of aviation as well as the history of the Sri Lanka Air Force (S.L.A.F.).
A visit to this establishment is sure to be a unique experience for aviation enthusiast of all ages. The museum offers a unique insight not only into the history of the S.L.A.F. but also a comprehensive picture of aviation in general including the basics of aviation technology.
Starting from the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) operations during World War II to the combat operations of the S.L.A.F. in the recent past, the museum offers a detailed depiction of the evolution which has shaped the S.L.A.F. into the highly successful fighting force it is today.
The museum was first established as a fully fledged formation in 1993 as the Aircraft Preservation and Storage Unit at Air Force Base Ratmalana with the intention of preserving the history of aviation in Sri Lanka in general and the history of S.L.A.F. in particular. Further being located within an operational air base gives the museum a novel real life appeal.
The present form of the museum was initiated by Air Chief Marshal WDMRJ Goonetileke, the 12th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force, who initiated a special project in 2008 with the intention of modernizing the Museum. Under this project the Aircraft Preservation and Storage Unit which functioned as the custodian of the invaluable historical artifacts, at that time, was restructured as the Sri Lanka Air Force Museum and New Exhibits and facilities have been added to the Sri Lanka Air Force Museum to make it a very modern museum with up to date facilities.
A comprehensive Aviation Research Reference Library was opened on 11th March 2013 under the continuous modernizing efforts initiated by Air Marshal HD Abeywickrama which provides the opportunities for any enthusiast to conduct research in the Aviation field. A fully fledged ‘Craft Lab’ was integrated to the facility on 19th Sep 2014 under the patronage of Air Marshal KA Gunathilake. This ‘Craft Lab’ is specialized in hand crafting the wooden scaled models of aircraft currently operational and also taken out of service.