Second-hand L-39Cs

The Russian Air and Space Force (RuASF) has received five secondhand Aero L-39C jet trainers, transferred from the Cosmonaut Training Centre at Chkalovsky airfield near Moscow. The centre had ten L-39Cs for cosmonaut flight training, four of which were maintained in serviceable condition. It was decided that five aircraft are sufficient to meet the centre’s future flight training needs, so the surplus five were offered to the Russian MoD in April 2018. They will go to the RuASF Krasnodar Higher Pilot Training School. RuASF plans call for keeping the L-39C in service until 2030. Alexander Mladenov