Aero L-39 Albatros

The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer developed in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody. It was designed during the 1960s as a replacement for the Aero L-29 Delfín as a principal training aircraft. It was the first trainer aircraft to be equipped with a turbofan powerplant. The type was exported to a wide range of countries as a military trainer. The L-39 Albatros later served as the basis for the updated L-59 Super Albatros, as well as the L-139 (prototype L-39 with Garrett TFE731 engine). A further development of the design, designated as the L-159 ALCA, entered production in 1997. To date, more than 2,800 L-39s have served with over 30 air forces around the world. The Albatros is the most widely used jet trainer in the world; in addition to performing basic and advanced pilot training, it has also flown combat missions in a light-attack role. The design never received a NATO reporting name. At the Farnborough Airshow in July 2014, Aero Vodochody announced the launch of the L-39NG, an upgraded and modernised version of the L-39.

Statistics & Information

ICAO
L39
Name
Aero L-39 Albatros
Operator
907th Training Squadron
PAX
2
Crew
2
Cargo
1kg
MTOW
5270
MLW
4300
MZFW
3330
Total in Fleet
4
Service Ceiling
29,528ft
Range
945nm
Max Speed
340kts
Wingspan
9.00m
Length
12.00m
Height
5.00m
Engine Type
Ivchenko AI-25TL turbofan engine

Aircraft Registrations

831114,831131,831133,831135

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