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Z-126 Trener II
Role Training aircraft
Manufacturer Moravan Otrokovice
Produced 1948-1977

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

Zlin Z-226T Trener 6 exhibited at the 1957 Paris Air Show

The following variants were progressive improvements on the Z-26:

  • Z-26 - two-seat primary trainer aircraft. 163 built.
  • Z-126 - all-metal wing instead of original wooden wing
  • Z-226 - more powerful Walter Minor 6-III six-cylinder engine, A.K.A. C-205
    • Z-226A - single-seat aerobatic aircraft
    • Z-226B - glider tug aircraft
    • Z-226T - basic training version
  • Z-326 - with an electrically retractable undercarriage
  • Z-526 - with the Walter 6-III carburettor's six-cylinder engine
    • Z-526A - single-seat aerobatic aircraft
    • Z-526F - Improved version. M-137 Engine with fuel injector.
  • Z-726 - with Walter M 337 supercharged engine.(used in Romania by sportive aviation with M-137 Sh engines under the name Zlin-726 Universal).
    • Z-726K - Improved version.

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.

Military Operators

Specifications (Z-26)

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two (pilot and instructor)
  • Length: 7.42 m (24 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.28 m (33 ft 9 in)
  • Height: ()
  • Wing area: 14.9 m² (160.3 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 510 kg (1,122 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 765 kg (1,683 lb)
  • Powerplant:Walter Minor 4-III inverted inline, 78 kW (105 hp)



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Published in July 2009.

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