Norweigan Aviation Museum

50 years since the opening that consolidated Norway

Published: 2018-06-06

Come join us in celebrating a key moment in the history of Norway, when the opening of the network of short runways has its 50th anniversary. We celebrate with a guider tour of the authentic Control Tower from Namsos. The opening of this Airport marked a big change for the districts in Norway and ensured to consolidate the country.

In 1966 over half of the population lived between two to six hours from the nearest airport. With roads that would close down during the winter, it caused problems for several districts. Helgeland stood out particularly, as a logistical nightmare. Our new mister of transport Håkon Kyllingmark pushed for building short runways and small airports, so that they quickly and cost effective could get airports in the area. The runways were only 800 meters long, and Widerøe who was then a Seaplane company bought the Twin Otter to fly these routes, and land successfully on a small space. 

The opening of the first airport in Namsos signaled a new era for the district, and within a year the success of this network had convinced the government that they needed to build this infrastructure in similar areas in Norway.


30th of june

Come join us and eat cake in the cafe at 11.00

Tour of the tower 12.00 and 14.00

Do not miss the exciting lecture in the auditorium about the history of the short runway network 13.00