On Saturday, 30 April 2016 will start 48th season of the Air Museum Kbely
Ministr obrany MgA. Martin Stropnický převzal záštitu nad tiskovou konferencí k blížícímu se ukončení projektu "Návrat historických letadel do památných hangárů č. V a VI AERO v Letňanech"
SEE THE PICTURES FROM THE RECONSTRUCTION AND THE OPEN DAY.
A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HANGARS No. V and VI. DURING THEIR RECONSTRUCTION – Open Day on October 10, 2015. See more.
A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HANGARS No. V and VI. BEFORE STARTING THEIR RECONSTRUCTION – Open Day on April 25, 2015 See more at VHÚ website.
March 24, 2015 – Posting the Tender Documents, incl. all appendices, at the contracting party’s profile for public tender called RECONSTRUCTION OF HANGARS No. V and VI
The Stara Aerovka premises, currently in ownership of LOM PRAHA s.p., is a unique complex representing not only the architecture showing the beginning of Czechoslovak aviation, but also the development of aircraft technology during WWII. At one place, it is, quite unexpectedly, possible to see uniquely preserved buildings, typical for Central European airport structural engineering of the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. This place, where we can see the history of Czechoslovak aviation, should undoubtedly be preserved for the next generations.
The Stara Aerovka premises, which also consist of the first two hangars belonging to company AERO constructed in the 1920s, have remained preserved in a unique completeness. This can be proven by comparing photographs made by American reconnaissance aircraft with current aerial photos. It is an absolutely unique building complex, which accentuates the development of airport structural engineering between WWI and the late 1940s. Hangar No. VI is a typical Austrian-Hungarian building from WWI, Hangar No. III is a typical Central European building from the early 1920s, Hangar No. IV shows this continuous development in the 1930s and Hangar No. V is a typical German building (Junkers type) built with maximum saving of scarce materials. There are only few buildings of this type and construction worldwide; and all of them are only individual airport buildings from that period of time. We know of no other similar airport complex preserved in such completeness and genuineness. The well preserved complex not only shows the level of airport structural engineering of its time, but, thanks to its extraordinary genuineness, it also lets us see the working procedures of the period. The hangars, originally used for aircraft assembly, have kept their original interior equipment and machines, e.g. aircraft scales, or internal wooden galleries with the foremen’s offices.
As you may have seen, the premises have improved significantly in the last 18 months, and we have also managed to receive grant funding for their further reconstruction. However, it would not have been possible if we had not taken over the premises at the end of 2013 from an entity called International Academical Centre for Aviation Sports in Prague, represented by Ing. Luboš Zahradník, which used the premises for a number of years without any control, and the owner, LOM PRAHA s.p., or the Czech Republic had no benefit of that. Based on the verdict from January 2013 following many years of legal disputes, the premises were returned under the control of the state enterprise LOM PRAHA s.p. If you are a legal documents enthusiast, have a look at the lengthy verdict, which describes this matter in detail.