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Polish Aviation Museum, Kraków - Part 7

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This is the last part of a long tour at Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków. After visiting exhibitions in different hangars and building today we'll take a tour around the outdoor display.

The outdoor exhibition is a sort of mixture of different sub-displays. Most of planes displayed here are post war machines, produced in the Eastern Block with just few exceptions. The biggest display here is the „Mig Alley” which we have already seen in previous features. Another one, located in front of Engine Exhibiton, presents ground mobile AA rocket systems: S-125 „Newa” (SA-3 Goa) , S-75 „Wołchow” (SA-2C Guideline) and SA-75 „Dźwina” (SA-2 Guideline). There's also traditional 85mm AA gun. Between the Big Hangar and World War 1 planes you can see some soviet artillery AT guns and howitzers. There are also few Polish training aircrafts TS-11 Iskra in different colours, representing for example Aerobatic „White-Red Sparks” Team or another one in interesting grey camouflage. What else? In front of Big Hangar you can see WSK Lim-1, which is Polish licensed build MiG-15. Swedish Air Force is represented by two famous Saab fighters J-35 Draken and J-37 Viggen. Of the NATO fighters Museum have gathered few machines, We can see a Sepecat Jaguar in RAF camouflage and markings, standing next to potential opponent MiG-21MF („Golden MiG”, due to its colour), Spanish F-84 Thunderstreak, Belgian Mirage 5. Few meters from this small display you can see few bigger airplanes. All represents Russian constructions. These planes are transport An-26, a transport-passenger Il-14S, passenger Tu-134, Jak-40 or different Il-28 bomber in R and S variants. Of course this is not all. Museum have also few agricultural machines like PZL-106 Kruk or a jet M-15 Belphegor (realy ugly plane). You can forget seeing Lisunov Li-2, a licensed build DC-3, and BAe Harrier GR.3. There is also a F-5 Tiger II on the exhibition but I am afraid I did not take a photo of it.

I hope I have listed, here and in previous features, more-less all of the machines you can see in Kraków Museum. I hope you have enjoyed my reports. If not I promise, this was the last one. Anyway I would really like to encourage you to visit this Museum. You can spend there a whole day and if you are a real enthusiast of winged history you will surely want to get back here as soon as possible.
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About Mecenas
FROM: KATOWICE, POLAND


Comments

Hej Michal, thanks for your reports and promoting Polish piece of aviation history. Myself, I had a chance to visit Krakow and spend a day at the museum just this summer! And what a coincident, I was just doing a slide show today with my pictures during our monthly IPMS meeting here in Houston, TX. Everybody seemed to enjoy it. It's a bit different than just Mustangs and Corsairs, right... Wish I could spend more time there to learn and discover even more of it. I'll distribute a link to your story among IPMS folks too. pozdrawiam & all the best
SEP 11, 2012 - 05:00 PM