Asia’s Mammoth

Noel Forsyth reports from the sprawling China Aviation Museum

MUSEUMS BEIJING

As a teenager in the 1970s I was fascinated by the mysterious aircraft from behind the Iron Curtain. I would glean hazy information from blurry spy camera shots taken at the annual May Day flypasts.

The very idea that I’d ever be wandering through row after row of hardware that had been ranged against the West during the Cold War, Vietnam and beyond, was the stuff of dreams.

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