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Let L-410 Turbolet

Transport of people and cargo in the military sector is provided by various types of aircraft, from strategic to smaller machines. The Czechoslovakian Let L-410 belongs to the latter category.

The development of the L-410 began already in the 1960s, the first flight of the serial version then took place in 1974. L-410 is a high-wing aircraft powered by a pair of turboprop engines Walter M 601 each with an output of 560 kW. Engine power is then transmitted to the three-blade propeller Avia (newer versions has the five-blade propeller), which, like the rest of the aircraft, has the Czechoslovak origin. The plane can carry up to 19 passengers or 1.7 tons of cargo, making it a transport aircraft for regional flights, therefore it is being used by many civilian operators.

One of the main advantages of the L-410 is its ability to operate on short and unpaved runways. The aircraft is also prepared to operate in extreme conditions from +50 °C to -50 °C. Thanks to accurate onboard devices it is also able to fly in poor visibility conditions.

The number of L-410 Turbolet aircraft produced has already exceeded 1,200, making it the most successful transport aircraft of Czechoslovak construction. It is being used by several NATO members, such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia or Lithuania and others.

Specifications

Wingspan 19.98 m
Length 14.42 m
Height 5.83 m
Empty weight 3 985 kg
Max takeoff weight 6 400 kg
Maximum speed 380 km/h
Service ceiling 6 320 m
Range 1 380 km

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