Polish Aviation Museum gains unique WWII plane
PR dla Zagranicy
A unique WWII plane went on display at the Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków on Friday, 70 years after victory was declared in Europe.
Caudron Renault CR.714 Cyclone. Photo: PAP/Stanisław Rozpędzik
The Caudron-Renault CR.714 Cyclone, which was used by Poles in the defence of France, is the only fully intact example of its kind.
Owing to technical faults, the French military prohibited the use of the planes.
Nevertheless, in June 1940, during Nazi Germany's attack on France, Polish pilots used the planes to shoot down at least 12 enemy aircraft.
The surviving plane is in Kraków on a long-term deposit thanks to the Finnish Army.
The museum, which counts over 200 aircraft in its collection, was named as one of the top ten aviation museums in the world by CNN. (nh)