Replica Avia BH 5 to fly to Brussels in re-enactment of 1923 air race
A replica Czech-made Avia BH 5 aeroplane will next week take to the skies as part of a re-enactment of a 1923 air race between Prague and Brussels. The original race 85 years ago was won by a Czech - Zdenek Lhota - flying in exactly the same model, and this event will commemorate what was a proud moment for Czech aviation history.
Preparations for this event have been ongoing for some time; many man hours were needed to follow the original design in such painstaking detail. Now, however, with the day of the flight drawing nearer, Milan Vacík told me not just what has gone in to getting the scheme this far, but also what final preparations are needed:
The prize for winning the air race in 1923 was awarded by the King of Belgium to Lhota, and the victory marked an important milestone in the history of Czechoslovak aviation, as Milan Vacík explains:
"It was very important at that time, because that flight from Prague to Brussels - and the prize that Lhota won in 1923 - was the first occasion when a Czech aeroplane had won an international air-race. So it was important not only for Lhota himself, but also for the Czech Republic and for the company Avia, which had been founded shortly before in 1919."
"Traffic density over Europe is now quite different from the density in 1923. So we had to modify the route a bit - we will have six stops instead of two, and we will be avoiding the airspace of big airports, especially in Germany."
The team behind the flight hope for a 26th July take-off, weather permitting of course.