Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya
The Aero L-29 was an important trainer for the Soviet Union and its sattlelite states
Detailing the development and operational history of the Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya Trainer / Light Strike Jet-Powered Aircraft.Entry last updated on 4/11/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
The single engine performer was built from two XL-29-designated prototypes - one fitted with a British Bristol Siddeley Viper turbojet engine and another fitted with an indigenous M 701 turbojet. Further development saw a three-way competitive fly-off occur against the Yak-30 design and the PZL Mielec TS-11 Iskra with the L-29 coming out ahead (Poland would go on to utilize the TS-11 trainer however). From there, the L-29 system would be fielded throughout the Soviet Bloc countries as the premiere jet trainer aircraft.
With two available underwing hardpoints, a light attack strike aircraft was designed that could carry gun pods, drop bombs and rockets. Specialized aerobatic performers were also devised from the existing base L-29 airframe and production of the entire L-29 series amounted to well over 3,600 strong.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (407mph).
Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
Graph showcases the Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya Specifications
Status: Active, Limited Service
Type: Trainer / Light Strike Jet-Powered Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Aero Vodochody - Czechoslovakia
Supported Weapon Systems