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Polish Aviation Museum ( ) is a large museum of old aircraft and aircraft engines in Krakówmarker, Polandmarker. It is located at the site of the no-longer functional Kraków-Rakowice-Czyżyny Airportmarker. This airfield, established by Austria-Hungary in 1912, is one of the oldest in the world. The museum opened in 1964, after the airfield closed in 1963.

The collection as of 2005 consists of over 200 aircraft, including sailplanes and some 100 aircraft engines. Several of the aircraft displayed are unique on the world scale. Some of the exhibits are only in their initial stages. The museum houses a large aviation library and photographic archives.

The museum has 22 extremely rare airplanes that once were part of the personal collection of Hermann Göring, which before World War II were displayed in Deutsche Luftfahrtsammlung museum in Berlin. These planes were evacuated during the war to rescue them from Allied bombing (the museum was destroyed in air raids) and were found abandoned on Polish territory after the war ended. From time to time museums in Germany have unofficially expressed interest in having some of these planes returned, especially those that are of great significance to German aviation history. As of 2009 there is no sign that this will happen in the foreseeable future.

The museum has very few Polish planes from the years 1918-1939 as these were almost all destroyed during the war, including those which were displayed in Polish pre-war aviation museums. The only two examples of prewar Polish military aircraft in the collection: a PZL P.11 (the only surviving example in the world) and a PWS-26, survived only because they were diplayed as war trophies by the Germans, and so were part of the above mentioned collection acquired after the war. In addition, a few Polish pre-war civilian planes were returned by Romania after the war and eventually found their way to the museum.

In contrast, the museum has an essentially complete collection of all airplane types developed or used by Poland after 1945.

Collection

Fixed-wing motorized aircraft





The Museum also possesses some other incomplete aircraft and some stored.

Gliders

The Museum also possesses gliders, some of them stored.

Motor gliders



Helicopters



Engines



See also



References

  1. Gazeta.pl Krakow article from 2004 [1]


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