• Aeronautics Museum of Malaga, a jewel not to miss

With more than 30 museums of varying themes, Malaga city has many cultural options.

Amongst them, the Museum of Airports and Air transport of the airport of Malaga, Costa del Sol is located 2 minutes from the airport and is a fascinating visit for any aviation fan.

The exhibition, with more than 5000 square meters, is made up of different rooms which are dedicated to aerial simulations, general aviation or the historic terminal of 1948. It also boasts seven real aircraft; it is possible whilst visiting, to actually board the DC-3, DC-9 and Convair 440. In fact, it is the only museum in Spain and probably in Europe, which allows visitors to go into the cabin and even sit at the controls in the cockpit.

Presently, you can enjoy the exhibit “Women behind the machines” where women are given visibility in the aeronautical sector, be it as engineers, inventors and scientists, or women air pilots or helicopter pilots that marked history.

But that is all we can tell you, come and find out for yourself! At One Air, we have organised a visit so that our students can find out about the Aeronautical Museum of Malaga and you can also enjoy the video we have especially prepared for you.

This is how the Aeronautics Museum of Malaga got started

It was 1948 and close to what we now know as Churriana, a small tower was built to allow the first commercial planes to land in Malaga. Today, 74 years later, with its two runways, it holds over 500 operations a day during the summer months.

If you’d like to know more about the Malaga International Airport, don’t miss our linked post but today we tell you a little more about the Aeronautical Museum of Malaga, located next to the T3 of the airport.

In 1999 the Aeronautical museum opened its doors to highlight the value navigation and air transport has brought to the province of Malaga.

Since then, it hasn’t stopped growing, becoming a reference for our country, not only for the amount of airplanes and material on exhibit but also for the quality of its staff who hold it all together.

All of this is possible thanks to the work carried out by ‘Amigos del Museo’, volunteers who make sure everything is fully functional. It is them who are the soul of the museum and along with the hours they put in, they have helped create one of the most important aeronautical museums of our country.

You can keep up to date on news and find out more about its projects by visiting their web page: www.aeromuseo.org

– 12th April 2022 –

Aeronautics Museum of Malaga receives an A320 engine

The Museum of Airports and Air Transport of the Airport of Malaga – Costa del Sol, already holds as an exhibit the biggest passenger aircraft engine in the world, the Airbus A380.

The engine is a Rolls-Royce Trent 900, made in Derby (England), has just arrived after four years of negotiations between the museum and Rolls-Royce. Alvaro Rojas participation, as well as that from the Asociación de Amigos del Museo, were decisive factors.

Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine

This engine, Rolls-Royce Trent 900, flew for the last time on 3rd July 2017 after 529 flights, 1,796 functioning hours and 724 starts. It retired after having been used for obtaining all its necessary certifications to equip it with the most updated engine of its time.

Finally, the engine left the Toulouse factory and hit the road on 7th April. Three days later it reached Malaga for the delight of those with a passion for aviation.

In order to exhibit it, it was necessary to refurbish room 3 of the museum, to the extent of drilling the ceiling to accommodate a crane to allow its introduction through the ceiling.

This huge engine is 4,5 metres long and has a diameter of 2,9 metres; it can generate a thrust force of between 300 and 400 kilonewtons.

Image: Victor G. Rubio

Image: Victor G. Rubio

Image: Victor G. Rubio

Did you know…?

Curious facts that will leave you stunned

✓ The Trent 900 generates more than 63,000 horse power, which would be equivalent to 3 Formula One whole grills.

✓ It produces 374,000 pulling Newtons, approximately 5 times more power than a DC-9 engine (71,000Newtons).

✓ Its diameter is almost as large as the fuselage of a DC-9 (the DC-9 is one of the airplanes you can visit at the Museum of Aeronautics of Malaga).

✓ The engine’s fan has 24 blades, each one supporting the power equivalent to the weight of 9 buses.

✓ Its interior reaches a third of the temperature of the sun’s surface (1,832ºC).

✓ The cost of the engine is almost 40 million euros with warranty.

  • Image: Museum of Aeronautics of Malaga

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