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A high-performance jet trainer designed and produced in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody.

It is the most widely used jet trainer in the world namely because of its cost –effectiveness and capable of ground attack missions. In addition to performing basic and advanced pilot training, it has also flown combat missions in a light-attack role.

Designed in the 1960s, it flew its maiden flight on Nov. 4, 1968 and was the first trainer in the world to be equipped with a turbofan powerplant. Thousands of L39s were built over several years for many European countries. Since 1990, nearly 3,000 L39s had served with over 30 air forces around the world. 

Restored by: MinhJet 

Owners: Ed & Pat Noel 

Quick facts

  • Maximum speed: 614 mph (0.8 Mach)
  • Range: 680 miles
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 39 ft. 10 in.
  • Wingspan: 31 ft.
  • Number built: 2,900+

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