An open day was held at the base of the 43rd Airborne Regiment at the airport in Chrudim. In addition to the opportunity for the public to visit the otherwise inaccessible premises, all those interested were introduced to the capabilities of this elite unit of the Army of the Czech Republic. As the 76th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Airborne Units was celebrated at the same time, we were asked to give a flight demonstration of our historic aircraft.
Although our morning departure from Točná airport was somewhat delayed by bad weather, we finally arrived on time. The problem was not even a joint flight in a formation of two aircraft from different time periods. Aero C 104 was piloted by Milan Mikulecký and Zlín C 305 by Albert Jelinek.
It’s summer, we try to spend as much time as possible in the air with our planes or on the road with our vintage cars. However, occasionally we manage to move our projects along. The A3 fuel trailer has already had its undercarriage completely overhauled and we have now added the hose mounts, and fuel nozzles.
There is a lot of work and not much time. Now we are continuing the restoration of a relatively rare fuel trailer in Europe, used by the US ARMY AIR FORCE during World War II.
The problem is the lack of relevant documentation and spare parts, however we are slowly moving forward. The trailer is rust free and has had primer paint applied. Leaf springs, brakes, wheel hubs are completely repaired.
This year we completed three of our long-term projects. It wasn’t entirely easy to decide which one would feature on our New Year’s card. In the end, we chose Aero C 104 from Queen Mary Trailer, GMC CCKW 353B. We wish you all to make your dreams come true in 2023.