Operation: Central and Eastern USA
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
Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros
The Warbird Heritage Foundation (WHF) is the
owner and operator of this Aero Vodochody L-39C
Albatros which is available for airshows, flybys and
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
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.
Warbird Heritage Foundation
3000 Corporate Drive
Waukegan, IL 60087
Phone: (847) 244-8701
Fax: (847) 244-8703
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