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Czech L-39 painted up in Spitfire colours

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I'm looking forward to seeing that one "In the flesh" at the base open day at Čáslav this Saturday.

 

Hopefully, I can get some good pictures of it despite the fact that rain is forcast all day.

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Very nice !

But that is an L-159 ALCA!

 

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And here it is "In the flesh" at Čáslav yesterday. As you can see, they got the red and white in the roudels and fin flash filled in since the earlier pictures:

 

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The L-159 was painted specifically to mimic the markings of a Spitfire Vb flown by General František Peřina. A Czechoslovak pilot who served in both the French air force and RAF during WWII and was in his later years named a patron of 212 Squadron, the unit that flies the L-159.

 

The man was quite a story:

 

https://fcafa.com/2011/01/29/frantisek-perina/

 

If you scroll down to the comments section, there's a ton of other good links to follow for more details on him and some quite enlightening details about the Munich Agreement.

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Nice!  I think that "Spitfire scheme" works pretty well on the L-159.

 

The red dope "gun ports" are a nice touch

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