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Historic hangars repaired in Prague-Letňany

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Prague, April 12 (CTK) – A new exhibition of the aviation museum will open in the newly reconstructed historic hangars, sponsored by Norway Grants, in Prague-Letnany at the end of April, Ales Knizek, director of the Military History Institute (VHU), told journalists yesterday.
Both old and modern Aero aircraft as well as bombers will be put on display, Knizek said.
Sponsored from the Norway Grants, two old hangars from the 1920s and 1940s were repaired to their original form, Knizek said.
The Stara Aerovka complex, owned by the state-run LOM Praha company, is a unique park representing the architecture associated with the beginnings of Czechoslovak aviation and the development of aviation technology during World War Two.
Some time ago, the Culture Ministry designated them as cultural heritage.
Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) said the hangars evidenced the tradition the aviation industry in the Czech Republic had.
“Along with LOM and the Norway Grants, the VHU will prepare an exhibition devoted to the history of the firm Aero and the way the aircraft was manufactured in this plant,” Knizek said.
Along with old machines, present-day aircraft such as the L-159 and L-39 training planes will be put on display, he added.
The visitors to the museum will also be able to see a Petlyakov Pe-2 aircraft, the VHU gained from Norway. There are only four of them in the world, Knizek said.
There will also be an Ilyushin-28, the biggest bomber used by the Czechoslovak air force, Knizek said.
There are another two hangars next to those that were repaired. They, too, will be repaired in a few years, he added.

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