Z-526AFS-V, OK-ERE, s/n 1307, Točná Aero Club, Slaný airfield, Czech Republic, 2014

No. 1307 was manufactured in 1974 and was

taken over by Svazarm on December 29 of the

same year as its last Z-526AFS. The aircraft

served mainly at the Točná airfield, and the local

aero club also acquired it later. When the club

was forced to move to Slaný airfield (after the

purchase of Točná by a private owner), they took

OK-ERE with them. This happened at the time she

was already converted to the AFS-V tow version

after reaching the aerobatic flying hours limit.

The conversion was carried out at Aerotechnik

Kunovice. In 2013, the OK-ERE was damaged in

a failed landing, which ended up in the ditch

behind the end of the runway. Another accident

occurred during the return from an air meeting

in Poland, when the pilot hit the power lines

with the rudder and tore it off. During necessary

repair, the black stripes disappeared from the

rudder. In June 2019 the OK-ERE was sold to

private owner, who used the engine for another

airplane, and sold her engine-less. New owner

plans full overhaul and engine installation. It is

certainly worth mentioning that in the days of her

aerobatic career OK-ERE served, among others,

the later double European aerobatics champion

Petr Jirmus. The drawing of the lady on the

starboard side is by the airbrush painter Olivia de


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