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Cracow. The Polish Aviation Museum returns Salamandra to the exhibition. The glider has undergone renovation

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The 76-year-old Polish-made glider returns to the exhibition of the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow after several years in the warehouse. IS-A Salamandra has undergone a complete renovation and can be seen in the main hangar of the facility from Friday. The glider design was developed in 1936 by Krakow engineer Wacław Czerwiński, this particular model was created a year after World War II.

The unique glider is one of the five that were built in 1946 at the Gliding Institute in Bielsko-Biała. It was the first post-war production series of a wooden model developed in 1936. Its author was the engineer Wacław Czerwiński, who developed the project at the Military Gliding Workshops located at the Rakowice Czyżyny Airport in Kraków. This is where the Polish Aviation Museum is now located.

IS-A Salamandra is a glider developed three years before the war by a Krakow engineerPAP / Łukasz Gągulski

A Polish glider that delighted the Chinese

IS-A Salamandra is a training glider, made of wood, with room for one person. The machines were used by pilots who completed the basic training and obtained the “B” category.

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As reported by Krakow museologists, during World War II, one copy of Salamandra was stored at the Gliding School in Goleszów. Thanks to the maintenance of this design, specialists managed to resume production of the gliders after the war.

The exhibit is one of the five post-war IS-A Salamandra glidersPAP / Łukasz Gągulski

– It was such a successful construction that it served as a model for the creation of several types of gliders FranceYugoslavia and Finlandand in 1956, 20 years after the prototype’s flight, these gliders were purchased by the People’s Republic of China and launched their licensed production, said Ligia Jaszczewska-Gacek, head of the Exhibitions and Education Department of the Polish Aviation Museum.

Back to the exhibition

Over the last few years, Salamandra has stood – hidden from the eyes of visitors – in a museum warehouse. Due to the very poor condition of the delicate structure of the glider, it eventually had to be renovated. The decision on this matter was made at the end of 2021.

The Salamander glider has spent the last years in the warehouse. After renovation, it returns to the exhibitionPAP / Łukasz Gągulski

– Now, after the original appearance has been restored and painted, you can admire it again at the exhibition in the main hangar – said Jaszczewska-Gacek.

In total, the resources of the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow include over 200 airplanes, gliders and helicopters, over 140 aircraft engines and rocket sets. In addition, museologists take care of over 20,000 photos and a collection of over two thousand orders and decorations.

Main photo source: PAP / Łukasz Gągulski

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