Erwan de Cherisey profiles the little-known Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Saqr Al-Jazeera Aviation Museum

This Boeing F-15C Eagle helps guard the entrance to the main building, with a Panavia Tornado ADV also sharing that honour. A total of 76 F-15Cs were delivered to Saudi Arabia under three different contracts throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

Saudi Arabia has limited options for the aviation enthusiast. Spotting is certainly off-limits in the capital city of Riyadh despite the presence of the very busy King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA), from which Pilatus PC-21 and Cirrus SR22 training aircraft operate.

The aircraft are frequently in the air and I even had the pleasure of seeing them buzz my hotel on their final approach to land during my stay in the city.

While Saudi Arabia is not yet ready to welcome photographers on the edge of its airports and air bases, it already caters to aviation historians and is home to the well-furnished Saqr Al-Jazeera Aviation Museum, which houses a collection of more than 30 aircraft.

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