poniedziałek, 11 sierpnia 2014
The most unexpected and awesome post-Luftwaffe artifact I have ever met, it was about 4-5 years ago. It was placed just in the corner in Coastal Defence Museum in Hel, Poland. The stabiliser just stood there unprotected. I had only an old mobile camera so poor photo quality. This element bears its original wartime finish. Deep-blue RLM 76 and violet RLM 75 with something I believe is almost black-green RLM 83 sprayed freehand in what I believe is Erla tooth pattern. Some original stencils are also visible.
NTM Prague, a museum founded in 1908 and since 1941 seated in its current location. Close to old city centre and a Sparta Praha Arena. The admission fee is CZK 190 and photo permision costs additional CZK 100 (all together around EUR 11). In the main hall the transport exhibits are gathered. Aviation artifacts, aeroplanes, cars, sport cars even the steam locomotive is there. Aero L-159 multirole/trainer or beautifuly preserved Spitfire Mk LFIXe (more below) together with a Mercedes "Silberpfeil" sportcar were my personal finest exhibits. There are also other exhibits but there are no "machines of yesterday" so none of these here.
A fine collection of aviation artifacts can be also found there. Few of them of German origin, IIWW.
Few Bf 109 parts like landing gear leg with traces of original RLM 02 paint, the bullet proof glass from Galland Panzer head armor or Bf 109 G-10/U4 I believe broad propeller blade. There is also Revi C12 gunsight (also used in 109's) and gun camera ESK 2000.
Scale models of ex-German planes used by Czechochlovak Air Force like Avia S-199, Avia S-92 (Me 262) or Avia C-2 (Arado 96) completes the exposition.
Last but not least - the Spitfire. TE-565 Mk LFIXe type.
This aircraft was obtained by NTM in 1948 from Czechoslovak Airforce. While other Spits were sold to Israel TE-565 suffered substantial damage during the accident and was left in Czechoslovakia. The plane was restored in 1968 what is really stunning when we understand it was a communist regime time and such RAF fighter was more than politically incorrect.
Currently the plane is back in NTM previously being displayed also in Airforce Museum Kbely (north-eastern Prague).
It is beautifuly restored and looks very natural.