Local Legends 11: Aero Vodochody Ae-45 and Ae-145 review

The Czech record-breaking twin

The Aero Vodochody AE-45, designed during the immediate post-World War Two period, was launched at a time that saw an explosion of interest in aviation throughout Europe. Emerging from wartime industry, eastern European countries in particular saw an opportunity to exploit engineering and technological lessons learnt during the war, putting skilled workers to use by designing utilitarian aircraft that served home markets excellently, as well as being of such significant quality that they could be marketed to the rest of the world.

The AE-45 was a twin-engine, light transport aircraft featuring a design that was both innovative and practical. Its designers at Aero Vodochody aimed to create an aircraft that could cater to a wide range of needs, from civilian transport to military reconnaissance. The utilitarian nature of the aircraft and its quick and easy design system meant that it was also, in a number of cases, easily modified for cargo operations.

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