On the eve of the 2nd World War the Estonian Air Force has 65 aircrafts.
After the invasion to Estonia
A symbolic fact - in December 1999 it is Tartu where the Aviation Museum is founded and on June 14, 2002 its first exposition is opened.
The mission of founding the museum is not so much concentrating on the history than providing an aviation-based knowledge to young people interested in this field.
On the three floors of the museum main building's 450m2 exposition area, one can see about 400 high-quality models of the aircrafts essential from the point of view of the aviation history.
On the outdoor exposition field there are helicopters Mi-2 (from Polish Air Force) and Mi-8 (from Estonian Border Guard Aviation Group), a propeller-driven "Wilga"-35 (from the Estonian Defence League), a training aircraft TS-11 "Iskra" , an attack-fighter Su-22M4, a fighter
MiG-21 (all three from Polish Air Force), fighters JA Viggen 37, Saab J35J Draken and an attack-fighter Saab J32E Lansen (all three from Swedish Air Forces Museum) , a fighter Mirage IIIRS (from Swiss Air Force), a fighter MiG-23 MLD, an attack aircraft Su-24, a training aircraft L-39 (all three from Ukrainian Air Force), a fighter F-104 Starfighter (from Italian Air Force), an attack-fighter Jak-2PP, a passanger aircraft Tu-134A (from AS Tallinn Airport) and An-2P (bought from Latvia).
A new main building with 450m2 exposition area, a lecture room and other necessary rooms was opened in May 2007