Suchoj Su-7 B in museums in Poland. 2020r. - History
Suchoj Su-7 B in museums in Poland.
The Su-7 B (BM, BKŁ, U) planes were used in the Polish Army from 1964 to 1990. Theoretically, the fog planes will be operated for more years. However, several factors contributed to their cessation of service. The combat value of the Su-7 B aircraft in the defense of Poland was negligible. For such a large plane, the range of weapons was small. With the Su-7 BKŁ's curb weight of 8,937 kg, the armament lifting capacity was up to 4,000 kg, which is a poor result. The modernization of the aircraft to carry more diverse weapons was unprofitable and expensive. The Su-7 B aircraft in any version did not have a radar station, and the detection of targets visually was very difficult. Finally, all technical maintenance of a higher level, in addition to periodic maintenance, was performed in the CCCP. Even the ferrying of the planes to the repair facilities at the CCCP was performed only by Soviet pilots.
In Pułki in Bydgoszcz and Powidz there were 47 Su-7 BM, BKŁ, U planes. Many of these planes were not scrapped, but went to collectors or museums. The planes were handed over to the Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków (Czyżyny), the Polish Army Museum in Warsaw (Fort Czerniaków), the Air Force Museum in Dęblin (since 2012), and the Museum of the White Eagle in Skarżysko Kamienna.
Polish Aviation Museum.
The Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow (Czyżyny) has 5 planes in its collection.These are the following planes:
Su-7 BM nb 01 No. 5301 - delivered to Poland in June 1964.
Su-7 MB nb 06 No. 5306 - delivered to Poland in June 1964.
Su-7 BKŁ nb 806 No. 7806 - delivered to Poland in 1972.
Su-7 BKŁ nb 807 No. 7807 - delivered to Poland in 1972.
Su-7 U nb 116 No. 2116 - delivered to Poland in 1969.
Description to the photo: The aircraft has UB-16-57U containers under the fuselage, for S-5 unguided missiles. Additional fuel tanks, each 600 liters of aviation kerosene, are suspended under the wings.
Polish Army Museum.
The Polish Army Museum in Warsaw (Fort Czerniaków) has 4 planes in its collection.These are the following planes:
Su-7 BKŁ nb 13 No. 6013 - delivered to Poland in 1966.
Description to the photo: The plane has no cannons. Under the fuselage, there are two B-8M1 shells with 20 copies 80mm S-8 rounds.
Su-7 BKŁ nb 17 No. 6017 - delivered to Poland in 1966.
Description to the photo: The plane under the wings and under the fuselage has garlands for attaching aerial bombs. UB-16-57U containers are located under the wings on the external weapon hooks.
Su-7 BKŁ nb 815 No. 7815 - delivered to Poland in 1972.
Description for the photo: The plane has two GSz-23 (two-barrel) cannons suspended under the fuselage.
Su-7 U nb 331 - delivered to Poland in 1971.
Museum of the Polish Air Force.
The Polish Air Force Museum in Dęblin has in its collection 4 planes.These are the following planes:
Su-7 MB nb 03/3117 No. 5303 - delivered to Poland in June 1964.
Su-7 BKŁ nb 12 No. 6012 - delivered to Poland in 1966.
Description to the photo: The plane is after renovation. The plane has cluster bombs under the wings.
Su-7 BKŁ nb 22 No. 6022 - delivered to Poland in 1966.
Su-7 U nb 702 No. 3702 - delivered to Poland in 1976.
Description to the photo: The plane is after renovation, painting.
Museum of the White Eagle.
The Museum of the White Eagle in Skarżysko Kamienna has in its collection 1 plane:
Su-7 BKŁ nb 809 No. 7809 - delivered to Poland in 1972.
Su-7 B planes in museums.
All planes are in natural duralumin color. The engine air intake cones are green. The side numbers are red, and on some airplanes it is already difficult to see. However, in other places of the airframe you can find four-digit serial numbers. For example, on flaps and bonnet covers. Chessboards can also be difficult to see due to the passage of time. Many aircraft have cockpit engines and equipment. UB-16-57U unguided missile trays and additional fuel tanks with a capacity of 600 liters each are often suspended at the junctions under the wings and under the fuselage. The planes also have small arms in the form of two 30mm NR-30 cannons, which are mounted in the base of the wings.
Written by Karol Placha Hetman