Aero Vodochody L29

The Aero L-29 Delfín (English: Dolphin, NATO reporting name: Maya) is a military jet trainer aircraft that became the standard jet trainer for the air forces of Warsaw Pact nations in the 1960s. It was Czechoslovakia's first locally designed and built jet aircraft.

Operational History

The Delfin served in basic, intermediate and weapons training roles. For this latter mission, they were equipped with hardpoints to carry gunpods, bombs or rockets, and thus armed, Egyptian L-29s were sent into combat against Israeli tanks during the Yom Kippur War. The L-29 was supplanted in the inventory of many of its operators by the Aero L39 Albatros.  More than 2,000 L-29s were supplied to the Soviet Air Force, acquiring the NATO reporting name "Maya."  L29s, along with the newer L39s, were used extensively in ground attack missions in the Nagorno-Karabakh War by Azeri forces.  At least 14 were shot down the Amenian air-defences.


As a trainer, the L-29 afforded air forces the option of a Primary Jet Trainer...and many Soviet Block countries employed it as such, similarly to how the USAF moved pilots straight from a book into the T37, and the Navy (for a short time) took pilots from a book to our beloved TT-1 Pinto.


After the collapse of the Soviet Union many L29s were surplused, and became available to civilian enthusiasts in the US and abroad.

Our L29s, N29CZ, N129DH, N2047


We believe that our L29s are among the best restored L29s in the US.  When pilots join WHAM and ask us what should they learn to fly first, we always steer them towards the L29.


The L29 was designed along a common theme of Russian aircraft.  Make it simple -- make it strong.  What we love the most about the L29 is that everything just is quite rare that we get squawks back after a flight in 29CZ.


As a Jet Trainer, the L29 is the perfect transition aircraft for a pilot looking to step up into the jet warbird experience.  It is relatively simple, with no bad habits, and it will teach you the fundamentals of flying classic jets.

29CZ is a stock L-29 with the standard M-701 engine, producing 1980 lbs of thrust.   129DH and 2047L both have high powered Viper engines producing over 3700 lbs of thrust.   Flying them is like riding a rocket!



Specifications (L29)


General characteristics

  • Crew: Two

  • Length: 35 ft 5½ in

  • Wingspan: 33 ft 9 in

  • Height: 10 ft 3 in

  • Wing Area: 213 ft2

  • Empty Weight: 5,027 lb

  • Gross Weight: 7,231 lb

  • Powerplant: 1 × Motorlet M-701C 500  turbojet, 1,960 lbf thrust


  • Maximum speed: 353 kts, 407 mph

  • Stall Speed: 71 kts, flaps down

  • Range: 480 nmi, 555 mi with drop tanks

  • Service Ceiling: 36,100 ft

  • Rate of Climb: 2,755 ft/min

  • Thrust to Weight:  .27


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