L-39 Albatros jet trainer spotted over Aleppo, Syria.

Since it made its first appearance on-line in the night of Jul. 24, I’ve been asked to identify the “mysterious” aircraft spotted over Aleppo earlier on the same day.

Depicted in a BBC report as one of more “Russian-made MiG planes [that] arced through the sky. We watched as they dropped in, bombing and strafing rebel positions” the combat plane is a Syrian Arab Air Force L-39, a combat trainer.

The aircraft can (at least theoretically) be equipped with an under fuselage gun pod and external stores (bombs, rockets and missiles) carried on the four underwing hardpoints (up to 1,000 kg of stores).

Unfortunately, the quality of the following video, that is the best I’ve seen so far, does not give the possibility to see whether the plane is carrying any weapon.

Even if, based on reports, the L-39 (or other “Migs” that are not visible in the footage) was used to drop bombs on rebel position, it could also be used for reconnaissance purposes only (without any armament).

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4 Comments

  1. The above link reportedly shows an L-39 in a straffing run.

    Also the below link is a bit better quality of the vid you posted. At 0:04 it looks like the plane might be firing a weapon, or it might just be contrails.

    • It’s the sun shining off the underside of the bird as the turn briefly puts the plane on a perfect angle to reflect the sun towards the camera.

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