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Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya


Trainer / Light Strike Jet-Powered Aircraft


Czechoslovakia | 1963



"The Aero L-29 was an important trainer for the Soviet Union and its sattlelite states"

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya Trainer / Light Strike Jet-Powered Aircraft.
1 x Motorlet M 701c 500 turbojet engine generating 1,960lbs of thrust.
Propulsion
407 mph
655 kph | 354 kts
Max Speed
36,089 ft
11,000 m | 7 miles
Service Ceiling
398 miles
640 km | 346 nm
Operational Range
2,755 ft/min
840 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya Trainer / Light Strike Jet-Powered Aircraft.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
35.5 ft
10.81 m
O/A Length
33.8 ft
(10.29 m)
O/A Width
10.2 ft
(3.10 m)
O/A Height
5,214 lb
(2,365 kg)
Empty Weight
7,804 lb
(3,540 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya Trainer / Light Strike Jet-Powered Aircraft .
Mission-specific ordnance can include any of the following (limited to two external underwing hardpoints):

2 x 7.62mm Gun Pods
2 x 220lb Drop Bombs
8 x High Explosive Light air-to-surface rockets
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya family line.
XL-29 - Prototype series; first prototype fitted with Bristol Siddeley Viper turbojet engine; Second prototype fitted with M 701 turbojet powerplant.
L-29 - Base Series Designation; basic trainer.
L-29A - Delfin "Akrobat" - Acrobatic Performer.
L-29R - Dedicated Light Strike Aircraft Variant


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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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Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 3,600 Units

Contractor(s): Aero Vodochody - Czechoslovakia
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