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Even if its name might suggest it: the L-39 Albatros is not a seaplane at all, but a jet trainer built by the Czech manufacturer Aero. Quite in contrast this type of sea bird, which has extraordinary sailing but rather clumsy takeoff and landing skills, the Aero’s Albatrosses have great takeoff and landing capabilites: if necessary, the jets can even start from grass runways.

Further advantages of this training plane, which was developed as of 1968 and built until 1999, are its low maintenance costs and the excellent handling. The Albatros is one of the most used jet trainer worldwide, which is not only due to its numerous talents, but also because it was the standard trainer of the Warsaw Pact for a long time. In 2014, Aero Vodochody announced that a modernized version of the Albatros is underway: the L-39NG (New Generation). Serial production is planned to start in 2018.

At AIRPOWER16 the Slovakian Air Force will present one L-39 in the Static Display and one in the Flying Display on Saturday.



© Przemyslaw Blueshade Idzkiewicz

Facts & Figures

Manufacturer Aero Vodochody
Length 12,13 m
Wingspan 9,46 m
Height 4,77 m
Empty weight 3465 kg
Max. take-off weight 4.643 kg
Max. speed 490 KIAS / 907 km/h
Service Ceiling 11.490 m / 37.700 ft
Powerplant Ivchenko AI-25-TL
Power 16,8 kN
Crew 2
Display Flying + Static