Tadeusz Królikiewicz, a retired employee of the Institute and an author of books on aviation and cold weapons, died at the age of 97. He carried out the acceptance of construction designs for the army, including the following aircraft: Junak 3, TS-8 Bies, and TS-11 Iskra, as well as many other scientific and research works.
Tadeusz Królikiewicz was born in 1926 in Wadowice. He graduated from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.
In 1952-53 he worked as a military representative. In the years 1953-1983 he was the director of the 86th military representative office at the Institute of Aviation.
In the 1970s, he participated in the Polish delegation to the International Supervisory and Control Commission in Vietnam. He ended his military career with the rank of colonel.
He held many honorable positions – he was the chairman of the Program Council of the monthly Technika Lotnicza i Astronautyczna and a member of the Council of the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow. On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Institute of Aviation in 2016, he received a special statuette from the Institute’s Scientific Council for many years of cooperation.
He left behind many valuable memories and aviation souvenirs. He shared his knowledge through book publications – he was the author of “Selected issues from the history of the Institute of Aviation” or the two-volume “Polish aircraft and colors” and numerous articles.
He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. In 2020 he was awarded Blue Wings.
The Management, the Institute Council and the employees of the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation express their sincerest condolences to the family.