This year's Aviation Fair is called Stars in the Sky. And stars also mark one of the aircraft to be seen at the Pardubice Airport at the weekend of 28th–29th May 2016.
It is the legendary Douglas DC-3. It is both a true star among classic aircraft and at the same time, it is propelled by two high-performance "stars" – the 14-cylinder radial engines. "Nowadays, air transport is an integral part of our lives and every day, thousands of aircraft transport passengers on short and long distances in the air space all over the world. Until the mid-1930s, air transport had been more of an adventure than a regular comfortable way of transportation. It was the American all-metal twin engine aircraft type Douglas DC-3 that was a true breakthrough. This type, which first flew in December 1935, became famous not only in civil air transport, but also in military service, where it was usually marked as C-47. In RAF Service it was designated the Dakota, and this name of the type has become established. DC-3 aircraft were significant for Czechoslovak air transport as well, having been the principal Czechoslovak State Airlines type in the post-war period. A very well-maintained airliner made in 1940 will arrive at this year's Aviation Fair from Switzerland," said Jan Rudzinskyj, one of the Aviation Fair organizers.
The legendary Dakota will arrive with BREITLING chronographs from Switzerland accompanied by other classic aircraft, such as Yakovlev Yak-11, Grumman Avenger and Pilatus P-2. Together, they will become part of the nearly six-hour-long aviation programme.