Dirgantara Mandala Museum, officially known as the Central Museum of Indonesian Air Force “Dirgantara Mandala” is a central museum of the Indonesian Air Force. The museum displays historical exhibits related to the history of the Indonesian Air Force. The museum is located in the complex of Adisutjipto International Airport in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Dirgantara Mandala Museum has a comprehensive collection of aviation in Indonesia, from early biplanes to modern jet engines.
The museum for the Indonesian Air Force was first established on April 4, 1969. The first location of the museum of the Indonesian Air Force was at Jalan Tanah Abang Bukit in Jakarta. The inauguration of the first museum was by Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Air Force, marhsal Roesmin Noerjadin. On July 29, 1978 the museum was relocated to a building of Kesatrian AKABRI Bagian Udara in Yogyakarta. The reason of the transfer of location was because Yogyakarta was considered as an important place where the Indonesian Air Force was born as well as the center for Indonesian Air Force-related activities. Later, because of the expanding collection of the museum, especially with the development of new military aircraft, the museum was planned to be relocated again.
For the new location of the museum, the officials of the Indonesian Air Force chose a building of a former sugar factory located in the complex of the Adisutjipto airstrip complex. During the Japanese occupation period, this building was used as a logistic warehouse. On December 17, 1982, the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Air Force, marshal Ashadi Tjahjadi signed a plaque for the establishment of the new Indonesian Air Force museum. On April 11, 1984, the instruction to rehabilitate the former sugar warehouse into a museum was released. The construction of the Dirgantara Mandala museum was completed in the same year. On July 29, 1984, the new Dirgantara Mandala Museum was inaugurated by marshal Sukardi.