Z-37A s/n 23-03 was registered on February 28th, 1977. The
aircraft was owned by Slov-Air Division 02 in Prague and was
passed on to Air Special Ltd. in Jicin on January 29th, 1993.
The aircraft was placed in storage in 2009 as not airworthy.
OK-HJC is famous for its participation in the popular Czech
movie ‘My Sweet Little Village’, with an iconic scene of the
main character’s landing, shot at an airfield near Benesov in
the Czech Republic.
Z-37 s/n 09-18 was manufactured in 1970 and registered in
the Czechoslovak Air Register as OK-ZJE. The aircraft was
sold to Hungary in the same year and registered as HA-MGK.
It returned to Slovakia in 1982 and was flown by Slov-Air as
OK-ZJE. It was re-registered to OM-ZJE in 1993. It was flown
in the Czech Republic with the Slovak registration, seen at
Rakovnik Airfield. The aircraft was retired from flying in 2006
at Nitra, Slovakia.
Z-37A s/n 25-02 was registered on August 2nd, 1983 with
Slov-Air Division 05 Brno. From January 28th, 1993, it was
owned by Reas a.s. in Brno, then from November 28th, 2000
by Radek Jež, flown by Bedřich Vávra, from August 22nd,
2001 by DARA Air s.r.o., and from March 22nd, 2006 by Air
Jihlava Service, s.r.o.. Airframe OK-NJB wore tiger stripes on
its tail going into an overhaul in 2012, and on the engine cowling thereafter.
Z-37A s/n 23-21ND was manufactured in 1979 using spare
parts and was registered on February 19th, 1980 to JZD
‘Družba‘ Boršice, from January 28th, 1993 was owned by
Reas a.s. Brno, then, from August 25th, 1999, by Air Special.
From February 13th, 2006, it was owned by OK-Hudec s.r.o.,
and later DARA-Air and is currently being flown by Air Jihlavaservice s.r.o.
Z-37A s/n 12-18, manufactured and registered to Slov Air in
the Slovak Air Register in 1971. After many changes in ownership, the aircraft is currently owned by Air Jihlava Servise Ltd.
The No. 310 Squadron RAF badge on the engine cowling and
the kill markings under the cockpit are consistent with these
items painted on Spitfire Mk.XVI TE184, when it was flown
as DU-N. OK-AKP was flown with tiger motif fuel tanks. The
plane was stricken off charge in 2018 and became a source
for spare parts.
Z-37 s/n 09-03 was registered on April 7th, 1970 for the County of
Usti nad Orlici Agricultural Association. The aircraft was passed on
to STS Lanskroun on August 4th, 1971. From November 8th, 1972,
it was owned by Slov Air Prague, and was bought by Air Special
Ltd. on February 19th, 1992. It was retired from flying in 1995, and
subsequently stored at Marianske Lazne in 2009. The airframe
was sold to the Riga Air Museum in Latvia in 2014.
INFO Eduard - October 2020