The L-39 Albatros, a high-performance jet trainer, was developed by Czechoslovakia
during the 1960's as a successor to the L-29 Delfin. Built by Aero-Vodochody, it
entered full-scale production in late 1972. It was designed for basic, advanced,
and operational pilot training and for light attack missions.
It was highly successful as the basic jet trainer for the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia,
East Germany, and many other Warsaw Pact countries. It is still the most widely used jet
trainer in the world. Today, more than 2,800 are still in service with over 30 air forces
from around the world.
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