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:: Prague Aviation Museum (Letecké muzeum), Kbely, Czech Republic ::

Prague Aviation Museum, Kbely, Czech Republic aviation heritage hangar

Czechoslovakia found itself with dwindling military aviation as it broke away from the Astro-Hungarian Empire just before the 20s. No air force capabilities existed as inheritance on its territory before the separation, so it had to start from scratch like many of its peers.

L-39 Albatros

The first step was building an airfield near Prague and the same Kbely airport is now home to the Prague aviation museum. The capital has swallowed up the airport and it now is within easy reach of public transport.

The museum showcases the early days of aviation (biplanes with gunners in back seats, workshops with lathes) as well as the glory days of Czechoslovakian aviation industry. It even has space gear thrown into the mix.

Several hangars are packed tight with planes and they are clawing for more space, even though many planes were moved to Slovakian museums when the Czech Republic became a country in its own right.

The countries aviation industry background is very varied - hordes of plane models are championed as local creations. Of these, quite a few models are just Soviet planes produced under licence or in some cases merely acquired and renamed. But many are genuine Czech creations and something to be truly proud of.

It's an interesting and vast museum, even if some exhibits could use a coat of new paint.

Further information:
- visit photo gallery
- official museum site


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