The aircraft we present today is the trainer aircraft known by the designation Aero L-39 Albatros which was designed and created back in the 1960s by the company named Aero Vodochody working in Czechoslovakia. The aircraft was created to be a replacement aircraft for another trainer named Aero L-29 Delfin. The Aero L-39 Albatros went on to become the very first trainer aircraft of the world that was fitted with the Turbofan powerplants. Many of the world air forces saw the potential of the Aero L-39 Albatros as the trainer aircraft and as a result it was exported heavily throughout the world as a principal trainer aircraft.
It was the very same aircraft that served as the base for the new and improved aircraft such as l-59 Super Albatros and L-139. Further upgrades to the Aero L-39 Albatros’s design allowed for it to be designated with name L-159 ALCA which underwent mass production back in 1997. As per the information, a total of 2800 of these Aero L-39 Albatross have been created and they have served their time for nearly 30 of the world air forces.
The Aero L-39 Albatros is one of the widely used training aircraft that can fulfill roles for both advanced and basic piloting. The aircraft also has light attack models which have carried out combat missions but that model was never given a NATO designation. Back in July of 2014, the company behind Aero L-39 Albatros announced to the world about the launch of L-39NG which is the much more upgraded model of the Aero L-39 Albatros.
For our readers today, we bring to you some of the interesting facts about the Aero L-39 Albatros, the trainer aircraft.
Trainer for many nations during the Cold War
The Aero L-39 Albatros came out of the country named Czechoslovakia as jet trainer aircraft instead of being a fighter. It came shortly before the Cold War era and was thus extensively sold to a wide range of the countries that were under the Warsaw Pact, all because of its amazing trainer capabilities.
Available on Civilian market
According to sources, the Aero L-39 Albatros happens to be one of the easiest aircraft to be able to fly. This is why many of them have been put up for the purchase in the civilian market. A single one of the Aero L-39 Albatros can go for a sum of as short as 200000 dollars. The great thing about this aircraft is that its design requires for it to have only minimal maintenance. The aircraft can fly at a top speed of 446 mph along with its capability to maneuver like a jet fighter but is still unable to be used as a real jet fighter. Still, because of the jet fighter-like speed, the aircraft went on to become a staple in training program for both military and civilians.
Light Strike form of L-39 Albatros
The Aero L-39 Albatros was designed and manufactured back in the 1960s but in order to keep up with the modern-day demands of military, the aircraft is currently undergoing upgrades. The aircraft is so well known for its training capabilities that it is still in use of nearly 40 world air forces as their primary training aircraft.
Talking about upgrades, a version of the Aero L-39 Albatros was also made to serve as the light attack aircraft. Ti was fitted with a single internal main gun along with other light armaments. Still, this variant was never meant to be an actual jet fighter. The weapons system was only added in this aircraft to add in the weapons system training for the new pilots.
Aero Vodochody introduced the new version of the Aero L-39 Albatros at the Farnborough Airshow back in 2014. The new aircraft was given the designation Aero L-39G with G standing for Next-generation. The aircraft was able to provide a better simulation of a fighter jet flying in air. Still, this model also lacks the fight9ing capabilities but it is still equipped to have better speed, upgraded aeronautics systems along with giving the pilot a feel as to what it really feels like flying a real jet aircraft.
In comparison with XE aircraft, the Aero L-39G is a better aircraft for both simulation flights and testing of ground equipment.
The company that manufactures the modern-day L-39s is still keeping close to the original design of the L-39 they use back in the 1960s. For a lot of the countries in the former Soviet bloc, the program of L-39 was a great choice to train the pilots of new generation despite suffering cost on the more expensive training variants of MiG and Su.
For the inexperienced pilots, Aero L-39 Albatros is the greatest training aircraft choice because of the rugged design making it resilient against the errors made by beginners. As for the newly introduced L-39G, it is promising even better training capabilities as its internal systems have been made by monitoring the internal structures of the MiG and the Su aircraft. As for any other modifications needed in the controls’ internal; layout scheme, Aero provides the option to have these controls laid out as per the need of the buyers.
Fulfilled its role magnificently
The Aero L-39 Albatros is the only training aircraft in the world that has come through fine through the test of the time, all because of its rugged and flexible design. The Aero L-39 Albatros was never intended to be a fighter aircraft but was instead an educational aircraft to serve the training of the new generations. In this regard, there is no other aircraft that has served as amicably and admirably as the Aero L-39 Albatros. In these modern times, the demand of the Aero L-39 Albatros is getting higher and higher, especially in the civilian market. The private security companies are even buying out the light attack variant of this aircraft.
An Aero L-39 Albatros is powered by a single AI-25TL turbojet engine which creates a thrust of 3307 lb/ft. the engine of the aircraft provides it enough power to fly at a top speed of 466 mph at an altitude of 38000 feet for a range of 621 miles.