Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatross
The Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatross first flew on November 4th, 1968. There were approximately 2800+ airplanes built and they have been operated in over 40 countries.
Newer versions (L39MS/L59, L139, L59, L159, and L39NG) have replaced older L-39s, but thousands remain in active service as trainers, and many are finding new homes with private warbird owners all over the world. It has been claimed that the L-39’s desirability stems from the fact that it is “the only available second-generation jet trainer”. This trend is particularly evident in the United States, where their $300,000–$400,000 price point 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 class being introduced at the Reno Air Races in 2002, though it has since been expanded to include other, similar aircraft. Several display teams use the L-39 such as the Patriots Jet Team (x6 L-39s), the Hoppers (x4 L39s), the Breitling Jet Team (x7 L-39s) and the Black Diamond Jet Team (x5 L-39s). There are also several L-39s that have been made available for private jet rides by various operators in Australia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, and the USA. These L-39s are mostly in private hands, but some also belong to government agencies, such as those in Vyazma, Russia.
Today, 5240 remains exactly the same as when it left the factory. The paint and avionics are all original and in working order. It is in like new condition with only a few hundred hours on the airframe and engine – always hangered, never abused and well taken care of.