Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros

Looking around the forum, I was rather surprised to find that there were no feature requests for the Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros.

Why Do we need the L-39?

The L-39 was designed during the 1960s by the Czechoslovakian aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody. It is a fast jet trainer, and saw use in many countries, including the Soviet Union. To this day it is used by the air forces of Russia, as well as a multitude of other nations, to train fast jet pilots.
L-39s are also widely used in the light attack role.

In addition to its use as a fast jet trainer (a role which no other aircraft in Infinite Flight can fulfil), the L-39 Is also a popular high performance GA aircraft, thanks to its simplicity and ease of use. Various civilian aerobatic teams use the L-39, the most well known being the Breitling Jet Team. Companies such as Draken International use the L-39 as a low cost aggressor aircraft for military air to air combat training.

If added to IF, the L-39 would sit between the SR22 and F-16 in terms of performance.


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Statistics

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2

  • Length: 12.13 m (39 ft 9½ in)

  • Wingspan: 9.46 m (31 ft 0½ in)

  • Height: 4.77 m (15 ft 7¾ in)

  • Wing area: 18.8 m² (202 ft²)

  • Airfoil: NACA 64A012 mod

  • Empty weight: 3,455 kg (7,617 lb)

  • Max. takeoff weight: 4,700 kg (10,362 lb)

  • Powerplant: 1 × Ivchenko AI-25TL turbofan, 16.87 kN (3,792 lbf)

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: Mach 0.80 (609 mph, 980 km/h)

  • Maximum speed: 750 km/h (405 knots, 466 mph) at 5,000 m (16,400 ft)

  • Range: 1,100 km (593 nmi, 683 mi) (internal fuel)
    1,750 km, (944 nmi, 1,087 mi) (internal and external fuel)

  • Endurance: 2 hr 30 min (internal fuel), 3 hr 50 min (internal and external fuel)

  • Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,100 ft)

  • Rate of climb: 21 m/s (4,130 ft/min)

  • Wing loading: 250.0 kg/m² (51.3 lb/ft²)

  • Thrust/weight: 0.37

  • Climb to 5,000 m (16,400 ft): 5 min

  • Take-off roll: 530 m (1,740 ft)

  • Landing roll: 650 m (2,140 ft)

Armament

  • Up to 284 kg (626 lb) of stores on two external hardpoints

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I believe that these characteristics would allow this aircraft to fill the gap that currently exists between GA aircraft and fast jets in IF.

If you agree, and would like to see this aircraft added in the future, please show your support by giving a vote.

Looks like a nice request, also well presented.
Though out of votes :-/

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Oh, this same plane is in GTA 5

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Love this aircraft! voted :)

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