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L-39 Albatross

Manufacturer Aero Vodochody
Country Czechoslovakia

The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer developed in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody.


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L-39 Albatross Specifications

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1 × Ivchenko AI-25TL turbofan engine, 16.87 kN (3,790 lbf) thrust

Aircraft performance

Maximum speed
750 km/h (470 mph, 400 kn) at 5,000 m (16,404 ft)
1,100 km (680 mi, 590 nmi)(internal fuel)
2 hours 30 minutes (internal fuel), 3 hours 50 minutes (internal and external fuel)
Service ceiling
11,000 m (36,000 ft)
Rate of climb
21 m/s (4,100 ft/min)
Take-off roll
530 m (1,739 ft)

Weight & dimensions

12.13 m (39 ft 10 in)
9.46 m (31 ft 0 in)
4.77 m (15 ft 8 in)
Empty weight
3,455 kg (7,617 lb)
Max takeoff weight
4,700 kg (10,362 lb)

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About the L-39 Albatross

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.

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