Movements at Kunovice

Yakovlev Yak-40 “0260” at Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2019


In September of 2020, the Czech air force retired its Russian made Yakovlev Yak-40 jets from service.

One of the retired jets, “0260” was taken into the collection of the Brno Technical Museum. Through a cooperative arrangement, the aircraft was placed on loan to the Kunovice Air Museum. It made its last flight in October of 2020, landing at the Kunovice airport and being placed in storage awaiting display in the museum.

On Saturday, February 13, the aircraft was moved into the museum’s public display area and was given a place near the museum’s Tupolev Tu-154, “Nagano Express”.

In 1981, the Ministry of the Interior of the former Czechoslovakia transfered two Yak-40s to the air force. The aircraft operated primarily in the VIP transport role. Both were retired in September of 2020.

This article, published at the time the Czech air force Yak-40s were decommissioned, will give you a bit of background into the Yak-40 in Czechoslovak and later Czech service.

5 thoughts on “Movements at Kunovice

  1. Thanks for this information. I’ve seen these lovely old aeroplanes so many times, shame that they are now retired. But very glad that this one has been saved and will – hopefully – be well looked after.

    1. Between the Brno Technical Museum and the Kunovice Air Museum, I’d say this particular airplane is in very good hands. I imagine the other Czech air force Yak-40 will be kept in Prague at the Kbely museum.

      1. Thanks Kevan, yes I believe that’s the case. Under normal circumstances I would be going over to Prague for a number of reasons including visiting Kbely to catch up on developments there, but right now of course that’s totally impossible, and goodness knows when it will be possible again.

    1. I’ve never been to Duxford, but it’s a “bucket list” museum for me. The FAA Museum at Yeovilton and the collection at Cosford are also UK musums I’d love to check out

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