The Ukrainian Air Force (Povitryani Syly Ukrayiny) received two overhauled Aero L-39M1 Albatros’s on 14 March 2014, with serials 21 and 08. The advanced training jets sport a new grey pixel camo scheme. The overhaul by Ukrainian state-owned companies was pre-planned. Normally the L-39s operate from Chuhuiv in the east and Kulbakino in the south, but no word on which airbase received the upgraded pair this time.
The L-39 was developed by Czechoslovakian Aero company in the 1960s. Its first flight was in November 1968. The Ukrainian M1 version has different engines than the standard C model and can be fitted with an external load of up to 284 kg (626 lbs) on two underwing pylons. The pods on the wingtips are for additional fuel, giving the planes a normal range of 683 miles (1,100 km) or 1,087 miles (1,750 km) with external fuel. Albatros’s can reach speeds of 405 knots (750 kmh) and altitudes of 36,000 feet.
Ukraine has been overhauling up to half of its 39 L-39s since 2009.
Source: Ukrainian Ministry of Defence