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The Aero L-39 Albatros – Meet the Pilots

The Aero L-39 Albatros is a sleek Czechoslovakian built jet which has been a popular jet trainer around the world.

Pilot Paul ‘Sticky’ Strickland, is a former USAF F-16 pilot and member of the world-famous Thunderbirds aerobatic team.  Since leaving the air force ‘Sticky’ has teamed up with others to form the civilian Patriots L-39 display team which performs at airshows around the US.

While Paul loves flying the L-39 these days he still remembers back to his air force days, especially flying the F-16.

“After a stint in Europe I came back to the US and was flying the F-5 fighter.  Then came the move to the F-16 which was like going from a Triumph Spitfire to a Maserati race car.  A monster capable of pulling 9-Gs with a tactical radar and decisive manoeuvring, the F-16 was like a glove one fits on and simply sighs at the comfort and fit,” says ‘Sticky’.

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