We are currently considering expanding our fleet. T33? MIG15? Time will tell.
In the late 1950s, the Soviet Air Force was seeking a jet-powered replacement for its fleet of piston-engine'd trainers, and this requirement was soon broadened to finding a trainer aircraft that could be adopted in common by Eastern Bloc air forces. The response? The prototype XL-29 designed and first flew on 5 April 1959, powered by a British Bristol Siddeley Viper engine. The second prototype was powered by the Czech-designed M701 engine, which was used in all subsequent aircraft.
The basic design concept was to produce a straightforward, easy-to-build and operate aircraft. Simplicity and ruggedness were stressed with manual flight controls, The incorporation of perforated airbrakes on the fuselage sides providing stable and docile flight characteristics, leading to an enviable safety record for the type. The sturdy L-29 was able to operate from grass, sand or unprepared fields. Both student pilot and instructor had ejection seats , and were positioned in tandem, under separate canopies with a slightly raised instructor position.
Production began April 1963 and continued for 11 years, with 3,600 eventually built until 1974.
Both of ACM's aircraft are ex-Bulgarian Airforce.