Just recently, some nice photos emerged on the internet from two exotic L-39s in Czechia. The aircraft were recently upgraded and overhauled at Aero Vodochody (Czechia). The company, commonly referred to as Aero, is a Czech aircraft manufacturer. Its main production facilities are located at Vodochody airport in the Prague-East District.
On 7 February 2021, the Uzbekistan Air Force (Uz Air Force) took over the last of six Aero L-39C Albatros aircraft, serial 14 bl (construction number 633840), which underwent general overhaul in Aero Vodochody. Part of the overhaul of the aircraft was also a modernization update of the on-board equipment.
The Uz Air Force L-39s are operated by the Jizzax Oliy Harbiy Aviatsiya Bilim Yurti (Higher Military Aviation School) at Jizzax, which is located 175 km southwest of the capital Tashkent.
In the second week of March 2021, the Kazakhstan Air Defence Force (KADF) took over the first two modernized Aero L-39Cs. The Kazakhstan serial of aircraft on the photo is reported as 02 ye, with construction number 633818. The other one is reported as 01 ye (c/n 633806). Both aircraft were airfreighted out on 8 March 2021. Aero Vodochody has been contracted for overhaul and modernization of an unknown number of Kazakh L-39s.
The KADF L-39s are operated by the air force training centre at Balkhash, also known as the 609th Air Base. Balkhash is located in the centre of the country on the north side of Lake Balkhash.
The Scramble databases for Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan show the following L-39s in the inventory:
06 bl, 07 bl, 08 bl, 09 bl, 11 bl, 12 bl, 14 bl, 15 bl and 16 bl
01 ye, 02 ye, 03 ye, 04 ye, 14 ye, 15 ye, 16 ye, 18 ye, 19 ye, 20 ye, 21 ye, 26 ye and 44 ye
Photos: Aero L-159