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Rare L-39 Version to Attend Copperstate


L-39 ZA
Among the aircraft scheduled to appear at Copperstate is a rare Aero Vodochody L-39

October 25, 2012 - Among the visiting airplanes at this week's Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo will be a rare Aero Vodochody L-39 ZA, the "ground attack" model of Czech jet trainer. The 40th annual event begins today and runs through Saturday, October 27, at Arizona's Casa Grande Municipal Airport.

The aircraft, owned and operated by Arnie Evdokimo, EAA 541497/Warbirds of America 548518/IAC 25422, won first place in the Military category last year at Copperstate. Evdokimo said there are less than a dozen ZA models in the U.S. while L-39 C models number about 200.

ZA models are pressurized, have ejection seats and air conditioning. Evdokimo also modernized the aircraft with computerization, autopilot, GPS, g-suits and more. Attendees will have a chance to look inside as Edvokimo routinely makes sure a staircase is available at aviation events.

Other aircraft highlights this year include several warbirds a C-47, C-45, SNJ T-6 Texan, L-16, and PT-17 from the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) based in nearby Mesa. As many as 17 warbirds will perform a multi-point fly-over, including CJ-6s, T-34s, T-38s, T-6s, Yak-52s, and others. Also expected to take flight is a Stearman formation group. Meanwhile, an AH-64D (Apache Longbow) attack helicopter will participate courtesy of the Arizona Army National Guard (AZARNG), as will hundreds of other antique aircraft, production planes, and experimental amateur-builts.

A full slate of forums and workshops is also scheduled, and on Saturday evening a recognition banquet including aircraft judging awards is planned. For kids, an interactive rib-building workshop will be offered again this year.


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