L-39 Cold War Era Jet Demo

The OC Air Show will feature an L-39 Cold War Era jet demo as part of this year’s performer line up on June 16-17, 2018 over the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.   The Czechoslovakian L-39 was built as the successor to their earlier trainer, the L-29 Delfin. Design. Work began in 1966,... View Article


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The OC Air Show will feature an L-39 Cold War Era jet demo as part of this year’s performer line up on June 16-17, 2018 over the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.

 

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.

 

As of September 2012, there were 255 L-39s registered with the US Federal Aviation Administration. Several display teams use the L-39.

 


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