Photos from Air Show in Czech Republic

Photos from Air Show in Czech Republic

Joined: June 14th, 2004, 6:31 am

June 4th, 2008, 10:32 am #1

Hello all,
below you can find link to photo album containing couple of photos from Air Show in Pardubice (Czech Republic). The Air Show came true last weekend on Pardubice airport.

http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg27 ... ow%202008/


Michal "Mopic" Juran
No. 276 Sqdn. RAF (Reenacted)
http://www.europeanbattlefield.net/276/
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Joined: August 23rd, 2003, 10:11 pm

June 4th, 2008, 9:22 pm #2

Very nice pics Michal!
The WAAFs at you side do look familiar

Very nice to see pictures of a LH event in Eastern Europe.
I do like the pics of the P-51 with the old control tower, or what is it?

Cheers, Toine
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Joined: June 14th, 2004, 6:31 am

June 4th, 2008, 9:57 pm #3

Hello Toine, you are right:-) We hope to meet you again (maybe on some LH event in the Czech Republic?).
The tower is an old tower on Pardubice airport.
There were only 2 warbirds on the air show - Mustang and Tiger Moth, both from Germany. Unfortunately the B-25 from Duke of Brabant Air Force was not here this year. Do you have some news about the plane? Is he still flying?

Michal "Mopic" Juran
No. 276 Sqdn. RAF (Reenacted)
http://www.europeanbattlefield.net/276/
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Joined: August 23rd, 2003, 10:11 pm

June 4th, 2008, 10:13 pm #4

It's still flying for sure!
I'm not sure why they didn't attend this year. I'll see what I can find out.

Cheers, Toine
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Joined: May 8th, 2003, 5:49 pm

June 5th, 2008, 6:35 pm #5

I enjoyed your photos.

As we have discussed before, I am 50% Czech/Bohemenian heritage.

The U.S. National Czech and Slovak Museum is actually in my original hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa!

Nice to see my brethern enjoying the hobby!

Patrick Valant
a.k.a. Huxley
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Joined: June 14th, 2004, 6:31 am

June 6th, 2008, 9:34 am #6

Thanks for appreciation of my photos. It was first of approx. 5 events in this year. I hope to show more photos till the end of the year.
If you are still interested in metal copy of pilot badge, please send me an e-mail to my address: mopic@seznam.cz to discuss details.

Michal "Mopic" Juran
No. 276 Sqdn. RAF (Reenacted)
http://www.europeanbattlefield.net/276/
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Joined: August 7th, 2006, 10:30 pm

June 7th, 2008, 4:11 pm #7

Hello all,
below you can find link to photo album containing couple of photos from Air Show in Pardubice (Czech Republic). The Air Show came true last weekend on Pardubice airport.

http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg27 ... ow%202008/


Michal "Mopic" Juran
No. 276 Sqdn. RAF (Reenacted)
http://www.europeanbattlefield.net/276/
How ironic that I just finished watching "Dark Blue World" for the first time then came in here to my computer and logged on to the forum and found your pictures.

I also had no idea of the horrendous treatment of the Czech pilots that flew with the RAF in the war. How sad...


Willis
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Joined: August 7th, 2006, 10:30 pm

June 7th, 2008, 4:15 pm #8

Hello all,
below you can find link to photo album containing couple of photos from Air Show in Pardubice (Czech Republic). The Air Show came true last weekend on Pardubice airport.

http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg27 ... ow%202008/


Michal "Mopic" Juran
No. 276 Sqdn. RAF (Reenacted)
http://www.europeanbattlefield.net/276/
How ironic that I just finished watching "Dark Blue World" for the first time then came in here to my computer and logged on to the forum and found your pictures.

I also had no idea of the horrendous treatment upon their return to their homeland of the Czech pilots that flew with the RAF in the war. How terribly sad...


Willis
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June 7th, 2008, 5:40 pm #9

You are right. It is terrible how communists repaid to the Czechoslovak pilots by all what they did for the Czechoslovakia during the WWII.
Unfortunately everything what is in the Dark Blue World is true. Maybe the reality has been even worse. Many of our pilots have been unreasonably imprisoned in uranic mines, some of them perished or have been killed there. For example Czechoslovak fighter pilot Josef Bryks who has been shot down in 1941 and captured by Germans. He has been famous escaper (he 3x escaped from german POW camps). After communists cope d'état in 1948 he has been sentenced to 10 years of hard labour. His only offence was the fact that during the WWII he fought on the West in RAF. In 1957 he died of very hard heart stroke in consequence of slave labor in communists prison.
Czech people are in giant debt to this brave men, but I am afraid that now is too late to acquit the debt. Unfortunately for young generation is WWII far-away like Boer War or WWI, especialy if more than 40 years all information about this part of our history has been concealed. Nevertheless our reenactment group is trying to do at least some small steps in this matter. We are in contact with veterans, commemorate their activity during the war in schools, air shows etc.
I apologize for such extensive commentary, but this theme is very important for me.


Michal "Mopic" Juran
No. 276 Sqdn. RAF (Reenacted)
http://www.europeanbattlefield.net/276/
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Joined: October 23rd, 2003, 11:27 pm

June 7th, 2008, 10:09 pm #10

Although it's important to put these events in the context of their times, it's very important that these 'little known' stories get out.

There's nothing more rewarding than talking to some visitor and seeing their eyes light up when you tell them something about their own country that amazes them.

Good work old chap!

Bob

Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse, National Historic Sites of Canada
Parks Canada
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