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Slovakia will show legends in the air: Albatross and Black Hawk

14.07.2022, 16:57

At this year's NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days, the Slovak Air Force will present two legendary aircraft from its inventory in dynamic demonstrations. After a six-year, the L-39 Albatros training aircraft will return, complemented by the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. The other helicopter will be seen on a static display.

Thanks to the Slovak Air Force, the historically most widespread training jet and one of the most widespread military helicopters will demonstrate their abilities. Both machines are thus among the legends and both also took off for the first time in the 1970s. But while the UH-60 Black Hawk is still being produced in modernized versions, the L-39 Albatros from the Aero Vodochody workshops no longer meets the requirements for training in modern air forces and is gradually being replaced or used rather for combat tasks.

author: Slovak Ministry of Defence


L-39 Albatros


UH-60M Black Hawk

"The Slovak Air Force presents itself at the NATO Days every year and we are pleased that it has prepared such attractive displays for this year's event. In the case of the Albatros, this may be one of the last opportunities to see it, given their planned decommissioning," states Zbyněk Pavlačík, chairman of Jagello 2000. "In addition, we are always happy to welcome products of the Czech or Czechoslovakian aviation industry, not only because the company Aero Vodochody is one of the main partners of the event."

The multi-purpose UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the American company Sikorski have been operated by the Slovak Air Force since 2017. Their versatility allows them to be used not only for combat operations and the transfer or support of ground forces, but also for training and providing assistance in the event of natural disasters.

In contrast, the L-39s were included in the armament of the Czechoslovak Air Force as early as 1972 and will soon be replaced by more modern machines that will be used to train Slovak pilots for the American F-16 supersonic aircraft. One of the options being considered is the acquisition of their latest successors from the production of Aero Vodochody - L-39NG.

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