In Rabsztyn, in the immediate vicinity of the Castle, you can visit the family home of Antoni Kocjan – an outstanding glider constructor and head of the Home Army (AK) air intelligence, who discovered the secrets of German V1 and V2 weapons.
The wooden house, where Antoni Kocjan was born, has been built in 1862. By order of the Olkusz authorities, the house was dismantled and transported to Rabsztyn, where it was reconstructed. Antoni Kocjan was born in 1902 in the village of Skalskie.
After graduating from Secondary School in Olkusz, he became a student at the Warsaw University of Technology in 1923 and became active in the Aviation Section of the University. Since 1931 he ran his Glider Workshop.
He designed gliders such as Czajka, Sroka, Sokół, Mewa and Orlik. Of the 1400 gliders built in Poland in the 1930s, half were his designs.
The gliders of Kocjan’s design set 40 national gliding records and one international record – and the motor glider Bąk set two international records.