Aero L-29 A Delfin
Bu.No. 390 517, CSLA, 47th pzlp, Pardubice, 1967-69
size of original 26´ x 13,8´ (66x35 cm), oil on canvas board, signed by the author
original artwork is available
Artwork is dedicated to the anniversary of the first flight
made by prototype XL-29 before 50 years, on April 5, 1959.
The L-29 DELFIN (NATO code name MAYA) two-seat jet aircraft, made by Aero Vodochody, was designed by Z. Rublic and K. Tomas as a replacement of the piston-engined trainers used by the Czechoslovak Air Force. The L-29 was the first jet aircraft ever designed in Czechoslovakia.
In the early 1960's the USSR was looking for a basic jet trainer. Designs were submitted from the various satellite countries. The Poles proposed the TS-11 Iskra (still flying with the Polish A/F) Czechoslovakia the L-29 Delfin, and Russia the YAK 30. The Czechs won with the L-29. The first prototype, the XL-29, flew on April 5,1959. It used a single, British provided, Bristol Siddeley Viper axial flow turbojet engine offering about 1500 pounds of static thrust. The first production L-29 aircraft was delivered in April 1963. In addition to the standard L-29 model, two others were produced in small numbers. In 1965, the development of the L-29R light reconnaissance combat version was finalised. The third model, the L-29 AKROBAT, was designed for aerobatic performances.
The L-29 has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years as a very popular "warbird" in the United States and elsewhere. According to many who are very familiar with the L-29 Delfin's flight performance capabilities, the L-29 is actually a delight to fly. Just enough thrust and speed to keep a man satisfied, with aerobatic performance that can still induce a strong gagging sensation in the low-jet-hours crowd.
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