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L-39 marks 50th anniversary with special scheme

Photo: Alan Warnes

 

One of the last surviving L-39ZAs operated by the Vzdušné síly Armády České republiky (VzS AČR, Air Component of the Army of the Czech Republic) has been painted in a special colour scheme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the L-39 Albatros. The aircraft, painted by original manufacturer Aero Vodochody, made its first flying training sortie on August 28 a week after it was ferried to the 213. výcviková letka (213rd Training Squadron) at Čáslav air base.

The pilot painted on the tail is Aero’s factory pilot, Rudolf Duchoň, who flew the prototype L-39, X-02, during its maiden flight on November 4, 1968. Pictured in his visor is the new-generation L-39NG which is due to be rolled out on October 12. The other side of the tail (below) shows the face of Duchoň himself. The jet is seen taxiing out at Čáslav on August 29. Alan Warnes

Alan Warnes

 

 

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