Aviatická pouť 2018
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Remaining time to the Airshow 2018

An unusual machine goes to Pardubice

The main visual motive of this year's 22nd edition of the Aviation Fair is a slender silver aircraft with an unusual look and Swiss roundels. It's an airplane so unusual that many visitors who visit Pardubice Airport on 2nd and 3rd of June 2018 do not even know what to look forward to.

The silver aircraft, with somewhat mysterious type EFW C-3605, will all be introduced by Jan Rudzinskyj from the organizing committee. "With its proportions, the C-3605 two-seat airplane will surely appeal to everyone. A slender fuselage of almost thirteen meters in length, ending with an unusual triple vertical fins, certainly contributes to its uniqueness. The history of these aircraft is indeed interesting. The original version with a piston engine originated in neutral Switzerland at the turn of the 1930s as a reconnaissance and light attack aircraft. After 1945, some machines were adapted for aerial targets towing used in air to air and anti-aircraft artillery gunnery training. In the mid- 1960s, however, their engines were obsolete and not produced for many years. The performance of the towing machine did not meet the requirements of the time as well. That's why it was decided to rebuild forty-four units to use a modern turboprop engine. However, due to much lower engine weight it had to be built-in significantly further front than the heavier piston engine, hence this unusual, slim body was created. As towing machines, the C-3605 aircraft flew until 1985 when they were decommissioned. Several machines were then purchased by private operators who display them on airshows. One of them will be on June 2 and 3 on this year's Aviation Fair. It will not be a premiere of the type in Pardubice, since another specimen was present eighteen years ago, but it will certainly be a very nice demonstration, complemented by a ground combat demonstration of fictitious combat action."

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