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Kbely Prague

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Whilst on a week away in Prague, with the Saturday spent at E-Day, SWMBO and I decided to go to the aviation museum at Kbely on the Sunday rather than being in the city centre that day. So after a metro ride and a 30 min walk from the station we ended up at the air base. I have been to Kbely a few times during my air force career but never to the museum. These photo are from the outside exhibits there, the inside ones are a little crowded to try and photograph apart from XT899 the 19 Sqn Blue Phantom which I think had been at least repainted and a Slovak MiG 29 (which I forgot to photograph). Also at this main area there was a section that contained many a MiG and Sukhoi was fenced off so could not be visited. A short walk away is another area which the museum pamphlet says that bombers are housed, and the aircraft in there include Su-25, Su-22 MiG-23Bn and MF (I think) and a MiG-21 and yes I forgot to photograph these. It really is a splendid museum and it does look as if they are trying in the future to house more of the exhibits indoors.

 

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The fenced of compound.

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That brings back some memories ^_^ Good to see everything is still there.

 

I remember when we booked a taxi no-one understood our pronunciation of Kbely, so I'm still wondering to this day how to pronounce it properly :hmmm:

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Some good stuff there. How did the F-5 get there?

 

Trevor

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6 hours ago, Max Headroom said:

Some good stuff there. How did the F-5 get there?

Gifted by the North Vietnamese. You can see the markings of South Vietnam on its flanks. F-5s and A-37s were sent to Warsaw Pact countries for examination. The MLP in Cracow also has the same types received for the same reason.

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Nice shots. I visited the museum back in August. It was my first visit since 2014 and I was amazed at how much had changed and developed.

 

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I didn't realise they had so much on outside display. That C-47 needs a bit of attention, though.

 

Regards,

 

Jason

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Never been to this museum but it looks like I need to plan a visit! Great shots, thanks for posting.

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Great shot of the Mil4. I'm building one at the moment, and am about to start on all the sticky-out-bits. (Is that the correct technical term?) So a very useful pic, thanks. 

(Mine was meant to be an in-service machine, but my paint job was so poor, it looks a bit like your example. So I've decided to claim this as a win!)

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no-one understood our pronunciation of Kbely, so I'm still wondering to this day how to pronounce it properly

Czech "K" is pronounced "kuh", not "kay" - so "kuhbely" :)

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