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Albatros

Aero L-39 Albatros

Aero L-39C Albatros ES-YLR/0

  • Role: Military trainer aircraft/Light ground-attack aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Aero Vodochody
  • National origin: Czechoslovakia
  • First flight: 4 November 1968
  • Introduction: 28 March 1972 with the Czechoslovak Air Force
  • Status: 2,800 still in use in various air forces
  • Produced: 1971–1999
  • Developed from: Aero L-29 Delfín

Variants

  • Aero L-59 Super Albatros
  • Aero L-159 Alca

Military Operators

  • Soviet Air Force
  • Czechoslovak Air Force
  • Libyan Air Force
  • Syrian Air Force
  • Breitling Jet Team

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 12.13 m (39 ft 9½ in)
  • Wingspan: 9.46 m (31 ft 0½ in)
  • Height: 4.77 m (15 ft 7¾ in)
  • Wing area: 18.8 m² (202 ft²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 64A012 mod
  • Empty weight: 3,455 kg (7,617 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 4,700 kg (10,362 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ivchenko AI-25TL turbofan, 16.87 kN (3,792 lbf)

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: Mach 0.80 (609 mph, 980 km/h)
  • Maximum speed: 750 km/h (405 knots, 466 mph) at 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
  • Range: 1,100 km (593 nmi, 683 mi) (internal fuel)
    • 1,750 km, (944 nmi, 1,087 mi) (internal and external fuel)
  • Endurance: 2 hr 30 min (internal fuel), 3 hr 50 min (internal and external fuel)
  • Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,100 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 13.5 m/s (4,130 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 250.0 kg/m² (51.3 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.37
  • Climb to 5,000 m (16,400 ft): 5 min
  • Take-off roll: 530 m (1,740 ft)
  • Landing roll: 650 m (2,140 ft)

Armament

  • Up to 284 kg (626 lb) of stores on two external hardpoints
  • 2× wingtip fuel tanks