Aircraft and WVS Museum
The Museum was
inaugurated in the autumn of 1994 and opened to the
public on the First of May 1995.
The Museum was
set up by Members of the Swedish Aviation Historical
Society, Jämtland/Härjedalen branch and is run by
volunteers from the Östersund area.
The Society as a
whole has some 6,000 members nationwide, of which about
200 live in this county.
The Museum grows
every year, both in available museum space and exhibits.
Today there are
more than 30 aircraft displayed; a varied mix of
military and civilian types – from sailplanes to the 37
The main theme
of this establishment is that all aircraft and other
exhibits all have a connection to the military and
civilian aviation history of Jämtland/Härjedalen.
Model planes are
also an important part of our history of flying. On
display you will see different types of models – radio
controlled, free flight, rubber band propellered balsa
models, plastic and home made scale models.
Voluntary Services part of the museum is accommodated in
a dining hall and kitchen dating from the Second World
War, complete with wood-burnings stoves and other
utensils from the Air Base of the time.
Also shown here
is the history of the WVS from the 1920s up till today.
Airfield was planned and constructed during the late
1930s when it became obvious that Sweden could be
attacked by hostile nations in the vicinity.
and the revetments are still intact and are available to
Of a total of 10
hangars, all in original condition and appearance, 7 are
owned by the Museum and open to the public. The hangars
are painted red with black windows as to resemble the
farm buildings that were common all around. Most
interesting is the construction of the doors with their
there are 15 earthen revetments of which one is cleared
of trees and can be found some 100 meters north of the
Even in modern
times the Optand Airfield has been a part of the Swedish
and the paved field was a “short runway” with taxi-ways
and arming/fueling areas where the 37s landed, was
turned around and took of again in a very short lapse of
Defence Act of 2004 where F 4 was closed down, the
Optand Airfield also lost its role as a War Base.
Airfield lives on with flying activities of all kinds
such as Private Flying Club, Parachute Club, Model
flying of different sorts almost every day…
Optand unique in Sweden, as the Air Force’s Base system
has been kept intact with buildings and other
time-specific paraphernalia from WW II, the Cold War and
post-Soviet military times.