STATUS: Active, Limited Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Aero Vodochody - Czechoslovakia
OPERATORS: Angola; Azerbaijan; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Soviet Union; Georgia; Ghana; Iraq; Mali; Romania; Syria; Slovakia
LENGTH: 35.47 feet (10.81 meters)
WIDTH: 33.76 feet (10.29 meters)
HEIGHT: 10.17 feet (3.1 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 5,214 pounds (2,365 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 7,804 pounds (3,540 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Motorlet M 701c 500 turbojet engine generating 1,960lbs of thrust.
SPEED (MAX): 407 miles-per-hour (655 kilometers-per-hour; 354 knots)
RANGE: 398 miles (640 kilometers; 346 nautical miles)
CEILING: 36,089 feet (11,000 meters; 6.84 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 2,755 feet-per-minute (840 meters-per-minute)
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.
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The Czech designed and produced Aero L-29 Delfin (translating to "Dolphin"; NATO designation of "Maya") series was a highly utilized Cold War jet trainer aircraft for the Soviet Union and its satellite states. The twin-seat aircraft was capable of speeds over 400 miles per hour and a ceiling of over 36,000 feet. Seeing large numbers, the L-29 was produced up until 1974 with many still in service in poorer military units around the world.
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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This entry's maximum listed speed (407mph).
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units