Updated 8th of July 2001

Designed and buildt by Haldor Lønningdal
Current status - Retired
The real plane This is a L39 Albatross, a two seat jet trainer made in the Czech Republic.
Testplane Here you can see the testplane where I tested the wing prototype. It was flown several times and it worked very well. Stalls were gentle. The wing was designed to generate good lift.
Fuselage view The fuselage is halfway built. The front ducts have been glued on and partially sanded.
Fuselage view The same view but canopy removed. There is ample room for all the components.
Motor bay This is where I access the fan and motor.
Pose The Albatross is finally getting the shape it deserves. This is one of my favourite parts during the building process.
Pose The same from another angle.
Compartment view The reciever and elevator servo is located on a plate of balsa. You slide the flightpack in underneath. Up to 20*1250cells can be fitted but is not viable because it will add to much weight and screw up the C.G. The fuselage is fully sanded by now.
Painted! After the successfull flights I put on some paint - it just didnt look right without it :) Covering of the wing remains...
Group Photo Luc (right) and me (left) behind our jets. ( only the L39 to the right is mine...)
3,3MB Video Click here for a 1minute video - 3,3MB (AVI. DivX). No sounds unfortunately...

This is my very first self designed plane and also my first Jet. A very fun project indeed that also came out quite well. The testflights were conducted with a 8*1250 pack drawing roughly 200W(avg). Power felt good - enough for rolls and loops - but not great - it needed more! So I tried 10*1250 and power was up to 300(avg)W. Now we are talking jet like speeds. Wide loops are possible and low and fast flyby's are great!

Wingloading is high of course high so the landings better be good or else the nose suffers - that is its weak point. Some strengthening in this area is needed.