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Poland
(Republic of Poland)

The Country

Geography:
Poland is located central Europe. It is bordered by Russia (Kaliningrad) to the north east, Lithuania and Belarus to the east, Ukraine to the south east, Slovakia to the south, Czech Republic to the south west, Germany to the west and the Baltic sea to the north.
Poland is essentially a land of flat or gently rolling countryside, with 60 % of the land area below 200 m (650 ft). In the far south the Sudeten Mountains forms the border with the Czech Republic and the Carpathian Mountains the border with Slovakia. The River Oder defines the northern border with Germany. The total land area is 304,460 sq km (117,552 sq miles).
The Population of 38.7 million (2000 figure) comprises 98% of Polish origin, 1% German and 1% other ethnic groups. Some 93% of the people are Roman Catholic, 2% Eastern Orthodox and 5% other faiths or non-religious. The capital city is Warsaw.

National History:

Summary Narrative History

Timeline - Key Dates in Polish History

Further National Information:
BBC News Profile: Poland
Yahoo Poland page
wikipedia: Poland
wikipedia: History of Poland

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations:
Polish civil aircraft were registered in the series P-PAAA onwards from 1919, then SP-AAA onwards from 1929. Gliders use the SP- prefix with numerical registrations.

An incomplete all-time Polish civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms:
Current military air arms-
Air Force (Polska Wojska Lotnicze i Obrony Powietrznej)
Naval Aviation (Lotnictwo Marynarki Wojennej)
Army Aviation (Lotnictwo Wojsk Ladowych)

Historical military air arms-
Air Force [1917-1939]
Naval Aviation [1920-1939]
Polish Airmen in Exile [1939-1945]

Central Government Agencies:
Civil Defence Aviation (103rd Air Regiment) [1972-2000]
Border Guard (Straz Graniczna)

Public Service Aviation:
Medical Aviation (Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe)
Police Aviation (Lotnictwo Policji)

Commercial Aviation:
Aeroglobo
Air Polonia [2001-2004]
CentralWings
Eurolot
Polonia Airlines
LOT
White Eagle Aviation

wikipedia: Airlines of Poland
The World's Airlines: Poland

Private Aviation:
To be added.

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers:
LWD
LWS
PWS
PZL
RWD
SZD
WSK-Swidnik

Airfields

Airports, Airfields and Air Bases:
Airports in Poland

Military Air Bases and Airfields-
Military Air Bases Listing - to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums:
Lubuskie Muzeum Wojskowe
Muzeum im Orla Bialego
Muzeum Polskiej Techniki Wojskowej
Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego
Muzeum Marynarki Wojennej
Muzeum Wojska Polskiego

Airshow Dates:
Key Airshow Dates

Media

Aviation-Related Magazines:
Magazines Guide

Magazine Dealers:
Recommended second hand magazine dealers

Aviation Bibliography:
Polandn Aviation Bibliography - to be added

Aviation Bookshops:
On-line bookshops

Web Links:
Aviation Museums Poland

The White Eagles

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First Created: 22 February 1999 - Last Revised: 13 July 2008
Copyright © 1999 John Hayles.     e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk