Polish Aviation Museum Cracow Book Review
by Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||June 2010||Title||Polish Aviation Museum Cracow|
|Author||Jarosław Dobrzyński||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||124 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£19.99 ($37.00 USD)|
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in the UK. Their books are printed by their associate Stratus Publications in Poland in the English language. Stratus also publishes their books in Polish language too.
This new book is the first in a series of guides to major military and aviation museums worldwide. The Polish Aviation Museum in Cracow is the only specialized aviation museum in Poland, and has many rare and unique aviation exhibits. Founded in 1963, the museum is based on part of Poland’s oldest airfield, Rakowice – Czyżyny, used in the 19th century for military balloons and from 1912 as an aircraft maintenance base.
The book describes each of the hangars and the open-air displays in five chapters:
- Aircraft in the small hangar
- The 1930’s to present collection
- The open-air display
- The “Know Your Polish Aviation History display
- The aircraft engines display
The book is 124 pages in length, soft cover bound and in an 8 ¼” by 11 ¾” page format. The book contains 316 color photos of the aircraft and engines on display at the museum. From very rare (and even unique) WWI aircraft and engines, through to military jets recently retired from Polish service. The museum covers the whole history of military aviation in Poland and elsewhere. Highlights include the sole surviving PZL P-11c fighter from 1939, the fuselage of the Curtiss Hawk – which kick-started German dive-bomber development in the 30’s, and many examples of Polish light aircraft and gliders, both pre- and post-war.
The book will prove to be an invaluable guide to those visiting the museum, as well as a complete reference for those who aren’t able to, and of interest to aircraft modelers also. Highly recommended.