Zlín Z 26
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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 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.
Later Z-26 variants were optimised to participate in aerobatic competitions and many were owned by private pilot owners.
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-326 - with an electrically retractable undercarriage
- Z-526 - with the Walter 6-III carburettor's six-cylinder engine
- 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.
- Austrian Air Force
- Czechoslovakian Air Force
- East Germany
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- Crew: Two (pilot and instructor)
- Length: 7.490 m (25 ft 5 in)
- Wingspan: 10.285 m (33 ft 7 in)
- Height: 2.060 m ()
- Wing area: 14.62 m² (160.3 ft²)
- Airfoil: NACA 2418, NACA 4412
- Empty weight: 505 kg (1,122 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 755 kg (1,683 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Walter Minor 4-III inverted inline, 78 kW (105 hp)
- Maximum speed: 210 km/h (110 knots, 126 mph)
- Cruise speed: 185 km/h (97 knots, 111 mph)
- Range: 600 km (324 nm, 370 mi)
- Service ceiling: 4,800 m (15,744 ft)
- Rate of climb: 3.3 m/s (649.5 ft/min)
- Wing loading: 51.5 kg/m² (10.5 lb/ft²)
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1976-77 
- Crew: 2
- Length: 7.975 m (26 ft 2 in)
- Wingspan: 9.875 m (32 ft 4¾ in)
- Height: 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
- Wing area: 14.89 m² (160.3 sq ft)
- Airfoil: NACA 2418/NACA 4412
- Empty weight: 700 kg (1,543 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 1,000 kg (2,204 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Avia M 137 AZ six-cylinder air-cooled inline engine, 134 kW (180 hp)
- Maximum speed: 236 km/h (127 knots, 147 mph)
- Cruise speed: 216 km/h (116 kmots, 134 mph)
- Stall speed: 98 km/h (53 knots, 61 mph) (flaps down)
- Range: 440 km (237 nmi, 273 mi)
- Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,775 ft)
- Rate of climb: 5.0 m/s (985 ft/min)
Media related to Zlín Z-26 at Wikimedia Commons
- Mourik 2001, p.61.
- Taylor 1989, p.908.
- Taylor 1976, pp. 33–34.
- Mourik, Dick van. "A to Zlin: An Illustrated History of a Light Aircraft Dynasty". Air Enthusiast, No. 93, May/June 2001. Stamford, UK:Key Publishing. ISSN 0143 5450. pp. 59–65.
- Taylor, John W R. (editor). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1976-77. London: Jane's Yearbooks, 1976. ISBN 0 354 00538 3.
- Taylor, Michael J.H. (editor). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London:Bracken Books, 1989. ISBN 1 85170 324 1.