Warsaw

Aviator Monument

  ul. Żwirki i Wigury     more than a year ago
Fittingly located on the route from the airport one of the first sights that will greet visitors as they crawl into the city centre is the sight of a lone aviator standing at the top of ul. Żwirki I Wigury. The statue actually honours two men, Franciszek Żwirko and Stanisław Wigura, Poland’s most renowned aviation heroes. To list their achievements would require an extra page, suffice to say their finest hour came when they clinched victory in the Challenge 1932 international air contest. That was also to be the year the pair of aces died, crashing while on their way to another flying competition in Prague. The statue is a replica of the one unveiled in 1932 on Pl. Uni Lubelskiej. Blown up by the Nazis a faithful copy was reconstructed and placed in its current location in 1967.

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