Public Art: Tuzla Pilot School monument
Also Known As: Airplane Roundabout
Description: A decommissioned plane
Date Unveiled: The decommissioned plane from the Tuzla Pilot School was erected at the roundabout on April 2011.
Location: The plane is located at the roundabout outside the Tuzla City Hall, Tuzla, Romania.
Quote: The Tuzla Mayor Constantin Micu described the monument as “Something beautiful, unique and reminds everyone, pedestrians and tourists, of the Tuzla pilot school, a school for paratroopers,”.
“The airplane does not make it more difficult for road users to see, and I think that the place where it was set is the right one, and it was placed to remind passers-by that there is an Aviation School in Tuzla,”
Controversy: In March of 2012, the monument made news headlines when the off duty Eforie Chief Commissioner smashed into the roundabout and then fled the scene after he had allegedly been drinking. Witnesses said the driver was so intoxicated he could barely walk. However, statements made by police, who arrived after the incident, contradicted the witness’s statements. At one stage another policeman admitted to being behind the wheel. The Chief Commissioner’s blood samples also mysteriously disappeared.
References: Replica, Roundabout in Tuzla, transformed into “landing track”, by Simona RUSU, Friday, April 22, 2011