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  • Aero L-39 Albatross

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    Description

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

    General Information

    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.

     

    For details of design, development, operational history and variants, click here.

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    Specifications

    Seats:
    2
    Length:
    12.13 m (39 ft 10 in)
    Wingspan:
    9.46 m (31 ft 0 in)
    Height:
    4.77 m (15 ft 8 in)
    Wing Area:
    18.8 sq m (202 sq ft)
    Wing Loading:
    250 kg/sq m (51 lb/sq ft)
    Empty Weight:
    3,455 kg (7,617 lb)
    MTOW:
    4,700 kg (10,362 lb)
    Powerplant:
    1 × Ivchenko AI-25TL turbofan engine, 16.87 kN (3,790 lbf) thrust
    Vne:
    980 km/h (610 mph, 530 kn) / M0.8
    Range:
    1,100 km (680 mi, 590 nmi)(internal fuel); Ferry range: 1,750 km (1,090 mi, 940 nmi) (internal and external fuel)
    Takeoff Dist.:
    530 m (1,739 ft)
    Landing Dist.:
    650 m (2,133 ft)
    Rate of Climb:
    Rate of climb: 21 m/s (4,100 ft/min); Time to altitude: 5,000 m (16,404 ft) in 5 minutes
    Service Ceiling:
    11,000 m (36,000 ft)

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