Air-Launched Weapons

L-39NG makes maiden flight

24 December 2018

Aero Vodochody performed the maiden flight of the L-39NG jet trainer and light-attack platform at its production facility near Prague on 22 December.

The L-39NG performing its maiden flight on 22 December. (Aero Vodochody)The L-39NG performing its maiden flight on 22 December. (Aero Vodochody)

The Czech aircraft manufacturer flew the latest variant of the L-39 Albatross – in service since the late-1960s – two-and-a-half months after the aircraft was officially rolled out during a ceremony on 12 October.

As noted by the company, the first flight milestone involved an aircraft that was configured to represent a serial production platform, including upgraded wet wing and air inlets. Flight trials will now continue through to type certification, expected by the end of 2019.

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