The collections of the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau aircraft, as well as the M. M. Mil Design Bureau helicopters presented in our funds, are among the most complete in the world. It also exhibits the now rare MiG-15UTI and Mi-1M. And the museum is the second largest collection in the CIS in terms of the number of experienced and single sides - more only in the Russian Monino. In Zhulyany, you can see the first prototype IL-86, the second prototype / first serial Il-18, the first serial Tu-104, the pre-production Tu-134, as well as the Tu-22M0 from the experimental series and others. Each of these machines is at the same time also the oldest model of its type that has survived to this day. Sources of constant replenishment of the exhibit number of the museum are airfields, on which decommissioned sides are preserved - historical evidence of the development of domestic aviation. These machines were brought into the expositional state by the efforts of the enterprises of the Ukrainian aviation industry, after which they took their place on the site in Zhulyany. On many of the airplanes presented at the museum, the main systems are still operational. In particular, all the electronics are functioning properly on such machines, and more recently, they started engine starts. Thanks to this, the interest of the guests in visiting the pilot cabins of the IL-62 plane and the Mi-8 helicopter does not cease, because anyone can sit at the helm. The close proximity of the existing airport "Kiev" (Zhulyany), whose runway runs 100 meters behind a transparent fence, gives a special flavor to the museum. From here, takeoff and landing make an unforgettable impression on the audience.
From the moment of its foundation until today, many airplanes and helicopters have replaced each other on the territory of the UATB KIIGA (NAU). Among them were many unique cars worthy of taking the best places in the exposition of any aviation museum in the world. Ironically, they all died here - in Zhulyany - sent for scrap metal in strict accordance with the requirement of the USSR State Planning Committee for the surrender of non-ferrous metals. As soon as, for various reasons, the plane became unsuitable for training students, a knife was waiting for him. Thus, rare samples of experimental aircraft were killed - Tu-110 USSR-5600, experienced Tu-104G (Tu-16G) USSR-L5411, second flight prototype Il-62 USSR-06176 (003), prototype Tu-124 USSR-45000 and others . At the beginning of the 1990-s. KIIGA training airfield was exposed to the most natural, and at the same time the most destructive processes - the influence of time. For a whole decade, the planes lost their former appearance and fell into disrepair, while the airfield itself became overgrown with wild grass. The territory of the future museum during this period gradually turned into an aviation cemetery.
The situation changed radically only by 2003, after, according to the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, it was decided to establish a State Aviation Museum on the basis of the UATB. Surprisingly, just three months before the opening of the new museum, the hand of restorers had not yet touched its future exhibits. In an extremely short time, having organized extensive cooperation with dozens of aviation enterprises throughout the country, it was possible to prepare the museum for the opening, which consisted of 30 of September of 2003 of the year. The then President of Ukraine L.Kuchma, representatives of domestic and foreign aviation circles, as well as guests and representatives of numerous media outlets attended the ceremony. Soon after the opening, the first expert assessments were also heard - in terms of the quality of the full-scale exposition, the Ukrainian aviation museum deserves to take its place in the top ten European museums. The development of the exposition of the State Aviation Museum of Ukraine is constantly ongoing. The existing equipment is carefully preserved, new exhibits are found, delivered to the museum, where they are carefully restored and occupy their rightful place in the collections. At the same time, an archive fund is being formed and streamlined, and cooperation with aviation organizations around the world is being established.