Reopening Vigna di Valle Historical Museum

The Military Air Force Historical Museum of Vigna di Valle, on Lake Bracciano, was inaugurated in 1977 by the President of the Republic Giovanni Leone, with its 13,000 square meters of covered exhibition area, it has always also had the task of collecting, restoring, to preserve, exhibit and enhance aeronautical material of historical and documentary interest. Moreover, through multiple internal and external activities, it has always been a driving force of history and aeronautical culture, both from a scientific and didactic and popular point of view.

From October 31th 2020, after a period of adaptation of its exhibition facilities, the Historical Museum is once again open to the public, allowing visitors to better appreciate the aircraft and relics that tell the story of flight and that of men and of the women who have been protagonists.

Reopening the Museum, despite all the limitations imposed by this difficult period – said the air squad general Alberto Rosso, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, during the opening ceremony on October 27th – is even more important now that we are approaching a fundamental milestone of our Armed Force, given that in 2023 we will celebrate the centenary of the Italian Air Force.

The backdrop to the inauguration ceremony is Lake Bracciano, home to the Vigna di Valle seaplane base, the oldest in Italy, located on the southern shore of the lake, where the first Experimental Aeronautical Shipyard was installed in the early twentieth century, to will of the Major of Engineers Mario Maurizio Moris, acknowledged father of Italian aviation. Here flew in 1908 the first Italian military airship, the No.1, the work of the engineers Gaetano Arturo Crocco and Ottavio Ricaldoni. Later, and until 1945, it became an Experimental Center for seaplanes and naval armament.

On the occasion of reopening, the last two aircraft of the Italian Air Force that officially become part of the museum’s exhibition collection were also presented: the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the Breguet 1150 Atlantic, two aircraft that have written important pages of aeronautics history, respectively in the field of defense and air patrol.

Naturally, in compliance with the regulations in force regarding the containment of covid-19 (dcpm of 4.11.2020), the Museum will remain closed until new provisions are made. However, for those wishing to keep up to date, you can consult the dedicated website, reachable with the following link:

http://www.aeronautica.difesa.it/storia/museostorico/Pagine/default.aspx