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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Monday, May 1, 2017

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: Warbirds - Aero L-39 Albatros

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo Aero Experience resumes our year-round coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, sponsored by Air Associates, with a month of May Warbirds.  The Midwest warbirds are coming out of winter season maintenance and are ready for a great year of public events.  We will get the month off to a fast start with some jet warbirds.  Our first example is the Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros legacy model now flown by jet warbird owners.    

The most common model, the L-39C, was the principle jet trainer and light attack aircraft of the then Warsaw Pact Eastern European countries.  It was developed by the Czechoslovakian company Aero Vodochody as a successor to its own L-29 Delfin in the late 1960s.  The company has continued to flourish in the post Cold-War Era, and now produces the follow-on L-39NG, L-159, and major subassemblies for other aircraft manufacturers.  Current examples seen here are owned and operated by the Red Jet Foundation, the Warbird Heritage Foundation and private owners.

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