Czech pilots re-enacting historic air race touch down in Brussels
After four days in the air, two replicas of Czech-made Avia BH aeroplanes successfully landed in Belgium on Tuesday. The flight was a re-enactment of a 1923 air race between Prague and Brussels, which was won by Czech pilot Zdenek Lhota. To commemorate the victory, the planes touched down in Belgium on the 75th anniversary of the win. Karel Kasal, one of the members of the ground crew responsible for fuelling the planes along the way, has described the journey over the phone from the Belgian capital:
“When we came here to see the representatives of the Belgian air-force and representatives of the Belgian Royal family, it was really nice to see the Czech flag on the wings of the BH5 and it made me proud that a little country like ours is able to do such big things.”
Did everything go according to the plan?
“Even the weather was working with us. We only had to go back ones, when we were crossing to Belgium. The planes had to go back because of the fog. But that was the only time when the weather slowed us down.
“One of the things I must say have been wonderful was meeting the flight enthusiast. There is no difference in nationality when you meet a flier or a flight enthusiast. It is like meeting a member of one family.”