The L-29 Delfin (NATO code Maya) was a basic, intermediate and weapons training jet aircraft developed by the Aero Vodochody company in Czechoslovakia early in the 1960s. It was a two-seat, all-metal monoplane powered by a Motorlet M-701 turbojet engine.
More than 3,600 Delfin trainers had been built by 1974, testifying to the type’s timeless design. A small batch of a dedicated reconnaissance version, the L-29R (cover named the Eye), was built in the late 1960s, fitted with a camera container under the front fuselage and two wingtip-mounted fuel tanks, while the ‘RS’ variant was a single-seater, used for advanced flying training. This type was also exported to Vietnam.
Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) Aero L-29R, Black 2402, 47th Reconnaissance Air Regiment (47. pzlp), Czechoslovak Air Force (vojenské letectvo ČSLA), Pardubice Air Base, det. Plzeň – Líně, early 1970s
2) Aero L-29R, Black 2816, 3rd Sq. 1st Fighter Regiment (3. letka 1. slp), Czechoslovak Air Force (vojenské letectvo ČSLA), České Budějovice Air Base, 1969-70
3) Aero L-29RS, Black 2603/42, 47th Reconnaissance Air Regiment (47. pzlp), Czechoslovak Air Force (vojenské letectvo ČSLA), Pardubice Air Base, the 1980s
4) Aero L-29RS, Red 715, Pilot Training Establishment, Vietnamese Air Force (VPAF – Vietnamese People’s Air Force), Nha Trang Air Base, the 1980s