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Steve Randall

MInto, Australia

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202 VIEWS at 24 Nov 2013

Capture of L-139 Albatros at the Albion Park Air Show 2011. Unknown to me at the time of exposure I was caught “red handed” by a photographer onboard the aircraft.

The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer aircraft developed in Czechoslovakia to meet requirements for a “C-39” (C for cvičný – trainer) during the 1960s to replace the L-29 Delfín. It was the first of the second-generation jet trainers, and the first turbofan-powered trainer produced, and was later updated as the L-59 Super Albatros and as the L-139 (prototype L-39 with engine Garrett TFE731). The design is still produced in an evolved state as the L-159 ALCA, more than 2,800 L-39s have served with over 30 air forces around the world. The Albatros – the most widely used jet trainer in the world – is versatile, seeing duty in light-attack missions as well as in basic and advanced pilot training.
The Albatros was a rare case in the fact that it did not receive any NATO reporting name (should have received one starting with an M).

100 VIEWS at 15 Feb 2013

Nikon D90
Nikkor 70-300MM
Focal Length 200mm
f10, 1/500, ISO 400

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