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Aviation and Diplomacy

Frank Piasecki

NATO 1949-2009 Projekt ekspozycji w Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie



Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region


Patronage

Kraków Airport







Aeroplane: Zlín Z-26 Trener

Zlín Z-26 Trener
Czechoslovakia
basic trainer
1951



  • Technical data


Span 10.3 m
Length 7.5 m
Take-off weight 760 kg
Maximum speed 200 km/h
Ceiling 4700 m
Range 600 km
Armament
Powerplant :
4 cylinder in-line inverted Walter Minor 4-III, rated at 105 HP (78 kW)
Virtual tour :

 

The first of the famous Zlin family.

Its story begins at the Czech Zlin works (later known as the Moravian Otrokowice), when the prototype of the universal Z-26 Trener, designed by Karl Thomas, was flown. It was a two seater, single engine, cantilever low wing monoplane of a mixed construction, intended for pilots' training. Between 1949 and 1951, the mass produced Z-26's had wooden wings and was powered with Walter Minor 4-III engines. Later versions were of an all metal construction.

The Z-226 Bohatyr was designed in 1955 as a glider tug. Powered with the six cylinder Minor 6-III engine, it appeared to be an excellent aerobatics aircraft. This feature saw the arrival of the Z-226 Akrobat version, intended only for aerobatics. Later, the Z-226 Akrobat Special, the Z-326 Trener Master with retractable undercarriage and the Z-226 Universal variants came about. The last prototype of the next version was developed in 1973. In total 1457 aircraft in different versions were built between 1947-1974.

In Poland, the Zlins were in service until 1974. Many of them converted to a single seater aerobatic version still fly today. The aircraft on display came from the first production variant. It is one of the 38 examples Poland bought in 1952 and remained in service until 1974. It had clocked over 1271 flying hours. It was donated to the Museum by the Aero Club of Krakow.

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