Despite its good looks, the L-39 Albatros impresses with its manoeuvrability and flying characteristics that have made it the most successful military jet trainer of all time.

Blueagles L39 formation flight

The aircraft: Aero L-39C Albatros

The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet training aircraft developed in the 1960s in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody. It was designed as a replacement for the Aero L-29 Delfín as a transition jet trainer aircraft for the former USSR.

The L-39 Albatros was the first of the second generation jet trainers to be produced designed to bridge the gap between propeller flight trainers and supersonic MIGs. To date, the L39 Albatros has been extensively exported to numerous countries internationally to serve as a military trainer.

Length12,13 m (40 ft)
Height4,77 m (15 ft)
Wingspan9,46 m (31 ft)
Wing area18,80 m² (200 ft²)
Weight4 700 kg (10 360 lb)
Max. speed0,7 Ma (910 km/h or 480 kts)
Climb speed13,5 m/s (2 660 ft/min)
Autonomy1 100 km (594 Nm)
Service Ceiling11 000 m (36 000 ft)
Max. altitude14 100 m (46 000 ft)
Engine1 low BPR turbofan AI-25TL
Thrust19 600 kN (2 000 kgF or 4 400 lbF)
G-limits+8/-4 Gs
Crew escape2x Hot Ejection Seats 0-150
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