L-39 Cold War Era Jet Demo

  The 2018 Atlanta Air Show will feature an L-39 Cold War Era jet demo when it debuts on October 13-14 to Atlanta Motor Speedway.   The Czechoslovakian L-39 was built as the successor to their earlier trainer, the L-29 Delfin. Design. Work began in 1966, and the first prototype made its initial flight on November 4, 1968.... View Article


 

The 2018 Atlanta Air Show will feature an L-39 Cold War Era jet demo when it debuts on October 13-14 to Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

The Czechoslovakian L-39 was built as the successor to their earlier trainer, the L-29 Delfin. Design. Work began in 1966, and the first prototype made its initial flight on November 4, 1968. The idea of the design was to marry an efficient, powerful turbofan engine to a sleek, streamlined fuselage, resulting in a strong, economical performer which would become the next standard jet trainer for the Warsaw Pact.

 

While newer versions are now replacing older L-39s in service, thousands remain in active service as trainers, and many are finding new homes with private warbird owners all over the world. This is particularly evident in the United States, where their $200,000–$300,000 price puts them in range of moderately wealthy pilots looking for a fast, agile personal jet. Their popularity led to a purely L-39 Jet class at the Reno Air Races, though it has since been expanded to include other, similar aircraft.

 


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