The Aero L-39MS Super Albatros is a second generation military trainer aircraft developed from the firm's earlier L-39. Compared to its predecessor, it featured a strengthened fuselage, longer nose, a vastly updated cockpit, and a more powerful (21.6 kN (4,850 lbf)) Lotarev DV-2 engine, allowing operation at higher weights and speeds (max speed 872 km/h (542 mph)). First flight on 30 September 1996. It was later designated as the Aero L-59 .
You do know that, but most readers here may confuse that with the L-39s from Warsaw Pact times.
only correction L-39MS is not Super Albatros, but Albatros and only for Czechoslovak Air Force, versions for export were signed as L-59. Super Albatros is L-139 but sometimes you can see L-59 Super Albatros and L-139 Albatros 2000. The first L-39MS´ flight on 1. October 1989. ZVL DV-2 was made in Slovakia - Povážské strojárně company (but designed by Lotarev)
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