50th Anniversary of the Letecké Muzeum

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of what is nowadays called the Letecké Muzeum at Kbely military airport on the outskirts of Prague in the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia). Bearing in mind the political turmoil that was taking place in Czechoslovakia during 1968 it is amazing that the museum not only survived but actually prospered. Today it is one of the world’s great aviation museums. I have been visiting the museum since the early days of the freedom that resulted following the ending of the Berlin Wall, and have photographed the many changes that have taken place in the past quarter century there (and indeed in the city of Prague itself). Recently I helped the museum’s staff with the production of a major catalogue, in English, of the museum’s treasure of exhibits – there are now over three hundred aircraft and helicopters on the museum’s books. I also write updates for FlyPast magazine from time to time on the museum’s activities and restoration projects. The accompanying image (taken by me) shows one of the museum’s aircraft that I have ‘taken under my wing’, a very rare photo-reconnaissance MiG-15bis R.  Thankfully it is now under cover after years standing outside. The museum has recently expanded the number of buildings that it has available for keeping its exhibits inside, and this has allowed many more of its precious aircraft to be saved from being in the open air during the often undesirable Central European winters.

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