Air International 1995-09
R.Braybrook - Aero L-139
Eight L-39Cs of the Slovak Air Force White Albatrosses demonstration team, in formation with a MiG-29, arriving at RAF Fairford for the International Air Tattoo '95, in July 1995.
Seen in its initial demonstrator colour scheme, prior to receiving its current grey camouflage, the prototype L-139 formates on Spitfire LF IXE G-BLCK in its original markings as TE566/'DU-A', 312 Sqn Czech Air Force.
This view of the prototype L-139 clearly shows the overwing engine air intakes. Although carrying two underwing fuel tanks it has a greater range on internal fuel than any of the L-39 variants.
Seen in its initial demonstrator colour scheme, prior to receiving its current grey camouflage, the prototype L-139 formates on Spitfire LF IXE G-BLCK in its original markings as TE566/'DU-A', 312 Sqn Czech Air Force.
Стрельба из бортовой 23-мм пушки с самолета L-39
Prototype L-139 in an 'air superiority' grey camouflage scheme and sporting low visibility markings, during GSh-23 cannon trials. Note that the rear cockpit is filled with trials equipment, leaving no room for an observer.
Eight L-39Cs of the Slovak Air Force White Albatrosses demonstration team, in formation with a MiG-29, arriving at RAF Fairford for the International Air Tattoo '95, in July 1995.
Developed during the mid 1970s, the L-39ZO had simple ground attack capabilities with provisions for a belly-mounted 23mm GSh-23 cannon and four underwing pylons. This variant was exported to four countries. 222 being one of 52 L-39ZOs delivered to East Germany.
This view of the prototype L-139 clearly shows two of the underwing pylons (it has provision for four 'wet' pylons), the ventral gun and deployed underwing airbrakes.
Left: Front cockpit of the L-139 incorporating Western avionics, including a HUD and multi-function displays. Right: Rear cockpit layout of the L-139. The prominent unit, mounted high on the instrument panel, is a TV repeater of the front cockpit HUD display.
Aero Vodochody L-139 Albatros
Three-view drawing of the Aero L-139.
An L-59E of the Egyptian Air Force taking-off. This is one of the most critical phases of flight and one where the field of view afforded to the instructor by the stepped tandem cockpit, is greatly appreciated.
Bomb jettison trials from Czech Air Force L-39MS 0101. The L-39MS was conceived out of a need for a variant capable of training Soviet Air Force pilots for the MiG-29s.