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by Harold A. Skaarup   
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in San Marino

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in San Marino

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in San Marino.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are as credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in San Marino would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at

Aerei da guerra della seconda guerra mondiale conservati a San Marino

 Lo scopo di questo sito Web è individuare, identificare e documentare gli aerei da guerra della seconda guerra mondiale conservati a San Marino. Molti collaboratori hanno collaborato alla caccia di questi aeromobili per fornire e aggiornare i dati su questo sito Web. Le foto sono accreditate. Eventuali errori riscontrati qui sono dell'autore e eventuali aggiunte, correzioni o modifiche a questo elenco di sopravvissuti agli aerei da guerra della seconda guerra mondiale a San Marino sarebbero i benvenuti e possono essere inviati via e-mail all'autore all'indirizzo

Data current to 6 Feb 2020.

San Marino

San Marino was ruled by the Sammarinese Fascist Party (PFS) from 1923 and was closely allied to Italy.  On 17 September 1940, San Marino declared war on Britain; Britain and the other Allied nations did not reciprocate.  San Marino restored relations with Germany, as it did not attend the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.  This was done to avoid a repeat of the 1936 incident when San Marino denied a Turkish student entry because he was an enemy alien.

Three days after the fall of Mussolini, PFS rule collapsed and the new government declared neutrality in the conflict.  The Fascists regained power on 1 April 1944, but kept neutrality intact.  On 26 June, the Royal Air Force accidentally bombed the country, killing 63 civilians.  The Fascists and the Axis used this tragedy in propaganda about Allied aggression against a neutral country.

Retreating Axis forces occupied San Marino on 17 September 1944, but were forced out by the Allies in less than three days.  The Allied occupation removed the Fascists from power, and San Marino declared war on Germany on 21 September 1844.  The newly elected government banned the Fascists on 16 November 1944.  (Wikipedia)

Aviation Museum of Rimini - San Marino

Parco Tematico & Museo dell’Aviazion, Superstrada Rimini – San Marino, Km. 8.500, Via S. Aquilina, 58 Rimini.

This museum is located in the hills outside Rimini and holds an extensive collection of Cold War jet fighters, trainers, transports and armoured fighting vehicles.

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Douglas DC-3 Dakota.

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North American T-6 Texan.

Other aircraft at this museum include:

Antonov AN-2 biplane.

Italian Fiat G.46, mounted on a pylon. 

Italian Fiat G.91 in Frecce Tricolori colours.

Fiat G.91 two-seater.

Italian Aermacchi MB-339.

British Gloster Javelin.

Polish Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG-17 Fresco.

Finnish MIG-21 Fishbed.

German MiG-21 Fishbed in "Tiger Meet" colours.

East German Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG-27 Flogger.

Czech Sukhoi SU-7 Fitter.

Russian Sukhoi Su-17 Fitter.

Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter.

Polish-built Mi-2 Hoplite helicopter.

Russian-built Mi-8 Hip helicopter.

Italian-built Piaggio P.166 transport aircraft. 

Grumman S2F Tracker.

Hughes  OH-6 Cayuse helicopter.

Polish Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle. 

German Lockheed F-104 Starfighter.

McDonnell F-4 Phantom II.

LTV A-7 Corsair.

Arms and Armour on display include:

20-mm Bofors AA Gun.

German FlaK-88 AA Gun, wheeled.

German Second World War half-track.

German Second World War (possibly) StuG III.

 Italian Fiat jeep.

Ferret Scout Car.

Iraqi T-55 tank.

SA-2 Guideline SAM with launcher.