Zlin Trener is a family of aircraft that was based on a basic training aircraft, the Z-26.
The original Z-26 was designed in late 1940s and produced in 1946 by the Czechoslovakian company, Moravan Otrokovice to meet a requirement for a basic trainer to replace the Bücker Jungmann and Bestmann. It was a low-winged monoplane of mixed construction, with wooden wings and a welded metal tube fuselage, powered by a single four-cylinder piston engine, the Walter Minor 4-III. It first flew in early 1947, proving superior to the competing Praga 112, and was declared the winner, entering production in 1948.
Zlin Z-226T Trener 6 exhibited at the 1957 Paris Air Show
The following variants were progressive improvements on the Z-26:
Many sub-variants were also produced, for example the Z-526A and Z-526AFS were aerobatic specials. The production of the family was terminated in the 1970s with Z-726.
Published in July 2009.
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