Polish Aviation Museum Krakow

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Hi All,
I would like to invite you to visit one of the best aviation museums in the world:
Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow, located at the one of the first military bases in Europe before First World War - Krakow Rakowice Czyżyny (1912). Part of the airstrip is still in use during annual aviation weekend in June.
There is a lot of unique and "one in the world" pieces of excellently preserved airplanes, big collection of pre-WWI and between-wars machines, solid collection of MiGs and other ex-russian stuff, as well as polish constructions and many western planes inc. Jaguar, Harrier, F-104, Corsair, Draken, Viggen, Mirage, Ju-52 Sea Venom, Vampire etc... There is also unique collection of aviation engines, from single prop motors from pre-war period to modern jet engines used in MiGs and Sukhois.
I would like to show you some of them in this thread, feel free to comment and ask anything ;)

1. One of the most precious planes - PZL P-11, with working engine:
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4. Freshly repainted Mi-8 - John Paul II was flying this one during his pilgrimages to Poland
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7. Curtis Hawk II - exactly this one was opening the Olypmpic Games in Berlin in 1936.
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10. Just a small piece of "MiG Alley"
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11. Overview of MiG Alley area
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12. RWD-13 - I personally took part of rebuilding this one ;)
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13. Spitfire MKXVI
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14. Big Nose
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18. Cessna DragonFly captured by Vietnam Army and transported to Poland for construction review for USSR.
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19. F-5, same history as DragonFly
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21. part of collection of ejection seats
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28. Jak-18 during engine maintenance, this one is flyable - SP-YYY
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32. The one and only jet-powered agro-plane for fields spray - M-15 Belphegor
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34. Falkland War veteran
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More to come...

Full album with much more pics:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tchrul/set ... 790005704/

Best Regards,
Tom

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Nice photos! It appears that the JU52 and Sea Venom got there in one piece!
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Amazing collection with some super-rare airframes. This one's gone on the list! Thanks for posting up - terrific.

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Brought back a few memories.... although why I chose to go to Poland in January I will never know ! Took months to thaw out. That new building was just being started when I went so nice to see it's now in use. Excellent Museum, get there if you can.

Thanks for the reminder. :smile:

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Very nice, one of my favourite museums. The Curtiss Hawk has grown a top wing since I was there in the summer!

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What a museum!

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What a collection! Looks like a place to visit for sure! :up:
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I'll be there next week, thanks for publishing all the pics so I don't need to!

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If next week means weekend, maybe we could meet ;)

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Amazing collection, where did the JU-52 come from do you know? Ciaran
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Great set of photos, has changed a lot since I was there in 1991. Nice to see a new exhibition hall and some of the ex Berlin Aircraft being restored. I can understand the likes of the jaguar,Harrier, F-104 etc but the Sea Venom is a little out of place. The Ju52 (and Sea Venom) are ex Duxford.

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Thanks Draken it is a great place . Noted that one hanger missing from your post .The early era machines ,that you mentioned, hanger just opened in August '11, see my earlier post for shots of them on this board at that time. Cheers Terry

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The hangar with the WWI stuff in has been open a lot longer than that, they were in the same place when I first visited in 2003 as they were when I was there last year. The Camel had grown wings in the meantime though! :smile:

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Just arrived from Kosice in Slovakia tonight. Museum on Thursday I think Draken.

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Wow! :worship:

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Great post Draken and i think i need to rev up my Polish colleague to sneak me into his suitcase!
DanO1978 wrote:Looks an excellent collection.

Surely Duxford must have stipulated the Ju-52/CASA went indoors though? What a shame to see it left out in the elements.


I thought this was owned privately when at Duxford, who didnt exactly keep it indoors much towards the end of its tenure.
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Thanks all for the comments, of course there are hundreds of planes more at the museum, pictures above are just a small part. The pre- and WWI hangar is now fully restored and open, with a lot of unique pieces.
@Traveller - if you stay a bit longer in the afternoon on Thursday - at 5PM there is official opening/presentation of fully restored Mi-8 helicopter (my pic no. 4). There will be crew who was flying with Pope, some officials etc...
On Saturday there is also an interesting event - one of polish foundations for children is organizing police helicopter flights for a little girl who always dreamed of flying the helicopter.
I will be there on Saturday, so I'll update the thread with new pics.

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ArabJazzie wrote:Great post Draken and i think i need to rev up my Polish colleague to sneak me into his suitcase!
DanO1978 wrote:Looks an excellent collection.

Surely Duxford must have stipulated the Ju-52/CASA went indoors though? What a shame to see it left out in the elements.


I thought this was owned privately when at Duxford, who didnt exactly keep it indoors much towards the end of its tenure.
Arabest,
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No, it wasn't owned privately, it was always part of the IWM collection and was kept hangared since the late-70s until it was turfed out for the Poles to dismantle it. It was sold for a risibly small sum, as was the Storch, which went to a private owner. The IWM disposed of the Ju-52 altogether, it wasn't loaned out, so they have no ability to stipulate how and where it is displayed.

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Lovely place, surely one of the museums I should pay a visit to. Thank you for the sneak preview :smile:

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Great set, some lovely little gems in there. I'm liking the look of that MiG alley :biggrin:
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Just got back from the museum (excellent), I saw a film crew earlier around the Mi8 and wondered what was going on. I'll do a new post with some photos some time but here is how it looked 2 hours ago..............

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Hi,
few pics from sunny Saturday ;)

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Freshly restored Yak-23
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Delfin came few weeks ago from Czech Republic.
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Airworthy Stearman spending the winter in Museum
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Now fully repainted Thunderchief, with individual marks of Gen. Donald Kutyna, who's been flying this one during Vietnam War. I really recommend reading his story :)
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And now few pics from small hangar. It is now totally rebuilt. The exhibition is called "Wings of the Great War" and all the unique and oryginal planes are presented in very nice form.

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I've added more to my album:
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Cheers!
Tom

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Holy moly, what a museum! Outstanding, many thanks for this post.

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Small update from April 2017 ;)

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more added:
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Cheers,
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How easy is it to get here from the Airport. Would a taxi be best many thanks for any advice
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