The last couple of months have been busy for my camera and I as far as aviation subjects are concerned, so it’s time to sort through pictures and update some of the existing pages in the drop down menus at the top of the blog page.
Please take some time to visit the following pages which have had some or all of their photographs updated:
Beech Model 18
Bucker Bu-131 Jungmann
DeHavilland DH.60 Moth
Stearman Model 75
Aero Ae-45 and Ae-145
Ilyushin Il-14 “Crate”
North American T-28 Trojan
Today, after four years of rebuilding and restoration in America, a 1937 vintage Lockheed Electra 10A touched down in Prague after a journey which started on May 21. It’s believed to be the only airworthy example of its type anywhere.
The aircraft has quite a history. It was initially intended to go to Amelia Earhart, but was instead purchased directly off the assembly line by Czech businessman Jan Antonin Bata who used it for business purposes. At the time the Munich Agreement was signed, the aircraft was in Krakow, Poland on business while Bata himself was in the UK. After contacting Bata, the crew were ordered to fly the aircraft the Yugoslavia and then to the UK via Greece and France. After arriving in the UK, the aircraft was pressed into RAF service and two of its crew joined the RAF.
In the postwar years, the aircraft served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and then a series of civilian owners in North America.
Here’s a link to the story covering today’s arrival:
Yesterday was the biannual open day at the Czech air force base in Čáslav, in the central part of the country. While the weather was far from optimal for good photography, there was a good cross section of military and civil types spanning vintage to modern.
Here’s a bit of what was available to be seen on the day:
At a time when museums and other facilities that close for the winter months are reopening their doors for a new exhibition season, the Olomouc Air Museum has found themselves in search of a new home instead.
According to the museum website, the airport came under new management and the lease on the hangars the museum occupied was terminated in favour of demolishing the buildings for the value of the metal in their structures.
This development is is a very unfortunate one on a number of fronts, not the least of which is that it renders the great deal of work that has already been done by museum volunteers, and the assistance of companies such as Honeywell and the like, to improve the museum and its facilities at the location largely a waste of effort and resources. The carpet has essentially been pulled out from under the museum.
It is also unfortunate as the hangars themselves had some historical value, having been used by the Soviet military during the Socialist era. While they are in a very dilapidated state, remnants of Cyrillic text can still be discerned on their walls. It would be interesting to know what, if any, restoration potential they possess.
The museum’s collection of aircraft has some very rare specimens which include a prototype of the ill fated Let-610 commuter aircraft, a prototype example of the Aero L-29 Delfin trainer, one of two L-13 Blaník gliders which were used in jet propulsion experiments and a Tupolev Tu-154 airliner which was used as the presidential transport for the late Václav Havel.
According to their website, the museum seems optimistic that the city of Olomouc will grant them some assistance; hopefully that optimism is justified. In the meantime, the museum will be operating as a travelling exhibition moving from one locality in the Czech Republic to another on a monthly basis.
You can find a link to the museum’s website in my main article about it in the “Museums & Organisations” section in the sidebar. The site has a multilingual translator function, so you can read the museum’s statement on the matter in a language of your choosing. The article also contains a link to the museum’s Facebook page.
It goes without saying, that I hope a satisfactory solution can be found in the near future to find new housing for the museum. I also hope the museum can stay in Olomouc, which is a very nice and historic city quite worth visiting on its own merits.
For Readership in the Czech Republic – Pro čtenáře v České republice
If the museum travels to your area during 2015, be sure to visit and show your support for them.
If you are from Olomouc or the immediate area, please urge the city to assist the museum and keep it in the city. Olomouc is a great town to visit thanks to attractions like this museum. With proper housing and strong local support, this museum has a great deal of potential.
It would be a pity for Olomouc to lose the museum.
Pokud muzeum přijede v roce 2015 do vašeho regionu, určitě ho navštivte a projevte mu podporu.
Jestli jste z Olomouce nebo okolí, prosím, vyviňte tlak na magistrát, aby muzeum ve městě udržel. Olomouc je díky takovým zajímavostem jako je toto muzeum skvělým návštěvním cílem. V muzeu, pokud bude mít dobré zázemí a silnou místní podporu, se skrývá velký potenciál.
I’ve taken a bit of time this weekend to revisit some existing entries and freshen them up a bit. In some cases, it’s just a few new photos though there is also a bit of text reworking here and there in some of them.
Today, I made my first visit after a few years to the sizable collection of aircraft and land vehicles on view at the Museum of Air and Land Technology in Vyškov, a small military city about 45 minutes north east of Brno.
Not much has changed since my last visit to the museum, except that I have a better camera now than at the time of my previous visit. Initially, I was simply going to put fresh photos in my existing page about the museum; however, I took the opportunity to give the whole piece an overhaul and significant re-write.
I invite you to click on the link to the page in the museums section in the side bar to view the reworked page. I hope you will enjoy it.
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