Czech shoe­maker’s Cub restora­tion

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The restora­tion to static dis­play con­di­tion of his­toric Tay­lor E-2 Cub OK-ATW is now well un­der­way at a work­shop lo­cated at the Letecké Muzeum (Avi­a­tion Mu­seum) at Kbely, on the out­skirts of Prague in the Czech Repub­lic. Although the air­craft’s fuse­lage is com­plete and par­tially orig­i­nal, con­struc­tion has started on a new set of all-wood replica wings.

Cub ‘147’ was ini­tially reg­is­tered, in the mid-1930s, to the well-known Czech footwear man­u­fac­turer Bat’a. It en­tered long-term stor­age dur­ing the Ger­man oc­cu­pa­tion and sub­se­quently passed into Czech avi­a­tor Lud­vík Kra­tochvíl’s own­er­ship in 1946. Un­for­tu­nately, it was then stored in a damp shed which caused con­sid­er­able air­frame de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. Dur­ing 1969, the Cub’s fuse­lage and Con­ti­nen­tal A-40 en­gine were trans­ferred to bet­ter stor­age fa­cil­i­ties at Kbely for even­tual mu­seum dis­play. Em­ploy­ees from the mu­seum’s work­shops lo­cated at In­vali­dovna, in Prague’s Kar­lín dis­trict, be­gan its restora­tion in Spring 1974. The re­paired fuse­lage was then trans­ported to Kbely for dis­play. Ma­jor mu­seum changes dur­ing 2002 saw the fuse­lage again placed into stor­age, from which it has now emerged for the full re­build, al­beit with pat­tern wings, to take place. Re­port & photo: Mal­colm V Lowe

Tay­lor E-2 Cub OK-ATW un­der restora­tion in the Kbely Avi­a­tion Mu­seum, Prague

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