Aero Vodochody L-59 Super Albatros
Czechoslovak, Two-seat Basic and Advanced Jet Trainer

Aero L-59 Super Albatros Overview 2

The Aero L-59 Super Albatros is a Czech military trainer aircraft developed from the firm’s earlier L-39 Albatros. Compared to its predecessor, it featured a strengthened fuselage, longer nose, a vastly updated cockpit, advanced avionics (including head-up display), and a more powerful engine. At the time of its first flight on 30 September 1986, it was designated the L-39MS. Aero no longer produces this aircraft.

In 1992, a dedicated single-seat attack variant was proposed under the project name ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft), and was successfully marketed to the Czech Air Force. First flight of this variant, designated L-159A, was on 2 August 1997. The aircraft features mostly Western avionics, with systems integration undertaken by Boeing. Since then a new two-seat trainer has been flown as the L-159B Albatros II.

Variants 2

Operators 2

Combat History 2

In April 2014, Tunisian L-59s were used in reconnaissance and COIN strikes in support of major military offensives in the border region of Mount Chaambi against Ansar al-Sharia and al-Qaeda-linked militants that aim at destabilizing Tunisia’s transition to democracy.

Aero Vodochody L-59E Super Albatros Specifications and Performance Data 2



Current Versions



Design Features

Flying Controls


Landing Gear

Power Plant



Avionics (L-39 MS)


Dimensions, External


Weights and Loadings

Performance (at max trainer clean T-O weight)


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  2. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Aero L-59 Super Albatros
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