Czech shoemaker’s Cub restoration
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