The Polish National Aviation Museum – Kraków

This remarkable aviation museum deserves a blog of its own. The day started out rather wet and bleak, so there were a few options:

  1. A sauna and massage (naturally a genuine Thai full body with badger bristle mits)
  2. A day trip to the salt mines
  3. A visit to the aviation museum

The aviation museum won hands down. It is based at an old airfield obviously and is a combination of new parts and well set out exhibits and then a vast field of aircraft of all ages and types rather haphazardly set out and many show the unfortunate consequences of being outside and exposed to the elements, which in Poland are at the extremes especially in the winter months.

There was a row of helicopters ….quite a bizarre image , somewhat explicable when one realises the rotors are missing!

It almost looks like some sort of animal face?

Then there was a fascinating row of agricultural aircraft, fixed wing, helicopter and even a prototype jet engine plane! A Russian design not surprisingly. It never took off -at least figuratively.

The agricultural jet aircraft prototype, all one can say is “WHY”?

Then a few rows of various military jet aircraft mostly MIG understandably so, from the early post war period up to the late 1980s

And finally some familiar and famous transport planes from WWII, German and British

And the Polish museums’ unique claim to fame is this aircraft:

Can you hazard a guess? A hint perhaps- it was NEVER going to crash cause it had God on its side…here is the interior:

I shall reveal the answer in my next blog.

2 thoughts on “The Polish National Aviation Museum – Kraków

  1. Indeed there was a spitfire! It was under cover inside and well maintained – I doubt it was airworthy however I assume it could be with a little extra work. It was used in the filming of the movie “The Battle of Britain” although little was made of the polish airmen who contributed so much as your wonderful comment details

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  2. Amazingly ugly aircraft in comparison to the British
    Seems as they followed different airodynamic rules
    Or just didn’t bother with the aesthetic
    Though The agricultural look fit for purpose !
    The prison camp was quite distressing
    I am amazed at such evil intent still with gas bottles evident

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