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Home Base: San Antonio, TX
Operation: Western and Central USA
Model: L-39C
Wing Span:
31' 5"
Length: 40' 5"
Height: 15' 6"
Max Speed: 485 mph
Gross Weight: 11,618 lbs
Power Plant: Ivchenko AI-25 Turbofan
Thrust: 3,792 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 422 gallons
Armament: none

Lewis Air Legends Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros

Lewis Air Legends, of San Antonio, Texas, owns this beautiful Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros (S/N: 831102) and is available for airshows, flybys and film.

The L-39 Albatros, a high-performance jet trainer, was developed by Czechoslovakia during the 1960's as a successor to the L-29 Delfin. Built by Aero-Vodochody, it entered full-scale production in late 1972. It was designed for basic, advanced, and operational pilot training and for light attack missions.

It was highly successful as the basic jet trainer for the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, and many other Warsaw Pact countries. It is still the most widely used jet trainer in the world. Today, more than 2,800 are still in service with over 30 air forces from around the world.

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 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 has led to a purely L-39 'Jet Unlimited' class at the Reno National Championship Air Races. As of mid-March 2006, there are 257 L-39s in the US Federal Aviation register.

Two L-39ZOs were featured in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, while one made an appearance in Lord of War.

Rod's L-39C Albatros was built in 1978 and is painted in the scheme of the United States Navy Blue Angels.

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