The Aviation Hall, an imposing palace with the dimensions of a cathedral, is part of the Royal Museum of Armed Forces. This construction of the nineteenth century, built mainly with materials such as stone, brick, metal, glass and zinc for the roof, imposing with its volume and dimensions: 170 m long, 70 m wide and 40 m high. The Aviation Hall is located in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, close to the European quarter, and integrates a set of buildings encircling the triumphal monument with its three arches.
Schuman station at the eastern end of the Parc du Cinquantenaire
Lines 1 and 5 lead to MERODE station
Take lines 22, 27 or 80, GAULOIS stop; or line 61, MERODE stop.
Take line 81, MERODE stop
THE SKY CAFE
The Sky Café at the Royal Museum of Armed Forces is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Situated in the Aviation Hall, the Sky Café offers drinks, various sandwiches and a variety of small dishes at very affordable prices. Please note that the kitchen is only open from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Drinks can be taken on the terrace with a view of the unique collection of the Brussels Air Museum.
Contact : + 32 2 737 79 66
THE MUSEUM SHOP
To the left of the reception desk, at the entrance to the Royal Museum of Armed Forces, is the Shop du museum where you can find a wide range of books devoted to aviation, plastic models and souvenir items. The books on offer cover aspects of military history in general. The Shop also offers books on Belgian and foreign aviation.
Contact : + 32 2 737 78 93
THE SABENA STAND
The former Belgian national airline SABENA is represented on the one hand by a Caravel in the airline colours placed on a plinth at the entrance to the Hall and also by a stand where, among other things, a Boeing 707 cockpit is displayed. The stand offers a quantity impressive models, uniforms, posters and various objects specific to Belgian airline company the company SABENA which in 1935, 10 after the historic Belgium-Congo flight by Edmond Thieffry, inaugurated the imperial Belgium-Congo line.
THE PARA-COMMANDO STAND
The stand of the Red berets and green berets exhibits in front of the Dakota DC3 a jeep recce Minerva, an AS 24 with trailer, a 60 MM and 81 MM mortar. Numerous display cases with photos and unpublished documents tell the story of this elite force of the Belgian army. Several mannequins display the different uniforms as well as those in parachute gear displayed in the cabin of the C-119 Flying Boxcar.