Looking at some of the interesting preserved airliners you may not have added to your log books yet, this time we consider those to be found in Poland.
Antonov An-2 7449
Krakowska 96, 32-661 Bobrek, Poland
This former Polish Air Force aircraft is preserved at the ORLEN petrol station near Bobrek in southern Poland. It’s quite close to Katowice.
Tupolev Tu-134 SP-LHG
aleja Żeromskiego 44, 84-120 Władysławowo, Poland
Looking a little forlorn, this airliner was once part of LOT Polish Airlines’ regional and European network until it was retired in the mid-1990s. It’s now located at the Alexa Camping site on the shores of the Baltic Sea, north of Gdansk.
Yakovlev Yak-40 044
Lotników Polskich 1, 08-530 Dęblin, Poland
One of two former Polish Goverment Yak-40s located at the Polish Air Force Museum in Deblin, to the north-west of Lublin. Other aircraft here include Antonov An-2’s and and Ilyushin IL-14, all with histories relating to the country’s air force.
Ilyushin IL-18 SP-LSD
Mykanowska 25, 42-240 Kościelec, Poland
The immaculate propliner once operated by LOT Polish Airlines, and still wearing a version of their former livery, SP-LSD is now used as a restaurant.
The Airplan Restaurant can be found at Kościelec, around half-way between Katowice and Lodz, on the A1/E75 motorway. See www.zajazd-wysoczanski.com.pl
PZL MD-12F SP-PBL
al. Jana Pawła II 39, 31-864 Kraków, Poland
The only example of this variant of the rare PZL MD-12 airliner in existence. This particular type, the ‘F’, was used for reconnaissance, and can be found at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow, which has a number of interesting airliners on display. See www.muzeumlotnictwa.pl
Douglas DC-3 N513GL
Poznańska 3, 62-023 Gądki, Poland
A US Army Air Force and Royal Air Force veteran, this DC-3 later flew for the German Air Force and a number of private operators. It is now mounted on poles at Zerniki-Gadki airfield, a few miles south-east of Poznan.
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