Air Park

In February my hubby and I visited an air park in Zruč u Plzně where we were looking for some interesting captures for our photo project. You could already see some photos in my part of the whole post but I would like to show you more as the air park is quite a special place.

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

The air park is an open-air aviation museum where you can find both civil and military planes and helicopters, and also military vehicles such as tanks and armoured vehicles. Many of them were saved from becoming scrap and are maintained to keep history alive.

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

The open-air museum was established in 1993 by father and son Tarantíks who gathered the exhibits. It is a private collection open to the public for fee.

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

Many of the exhibits are open to be sit into and examined while others are placed into a separate area where you can enter only with a guide (Mr Tarantík himself) so that the most valuable pieces are not damaged. That is the part for real fans who want to know more than the general public.

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

During our visit we were interested more in the photography than in the history but the atmosphere of the planes and vehicles having been not just models but real things that participated once in action was ever-present.

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

Z-37 Čmelák (bumblebee) – a well known agricultural aircraft used for crop dusting in the former Czechoslovakia

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

“Have a save flight!”

Visiting the museum was a great idea. Not only we found some interesting captures but we also could absorb the feel of the place and admire the effort the museum is maintained with. Hats off to the owners.

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12 Comments

  1. I absolutely love the way you crop your images, Petra. It makes me wonder about how I do my In Soul blog, which is to help Astrid and me remember the entire ambiance of a place…as opposed to cryptic shots like you have here, that leave enough to the imagination without needing more. I need to think more about this. Of course, my Shutterchance blog is where perhaps I could do the “cryptic” shots, more so than I do now. Hmmmm. You really have got me thinking!

    1. Ginnie, thank you for sharing your point of view. I have to admit that your comment absolutely took me by surprise. I thought that there was too much detail in my photos which would surely be taken as drawback… so reading your praise for the crop was very unexpected. The place was quite overwhelming with all the planes and vehicles placed in quite a small area and the “part of the whole” theme challenged me to look for meaningful details and ways how to capture them. I’m pleased you find the results interesting.

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