This Li-2 was delivered to the Czechoslovak AF as D-29 in August 1952 and wfu (as 2105) in August 1966. The plane has been displayed in these fake Soviet markings in the grounds of the Museum of Slovak National Uprising since approximately January 1985 .
'Kármán Tódor' is pictured, in the original Malév livery of the 1960's. This Li-2 was built in 1949 in Tashkent and flew initially in the Hungarian People's Army and then with Malév from 1958, It was retired in 1974 and put on display in Szolnok, The Goldtimer Foundation started restoration at Budaörs in 1997 and HA-LIX finally took to the skies again in 2001 after 45,000 working hours.
I first saw this plane when it was a pink cafe in Szeged back in 1993. It was really special to see it again after all these years. In addition to flying with Malev it was also MN306 of the Hungarian Air Force.