L-39 Albatros Fighter Jet in Lands Aberdeen

L-39 Albatros Fighter Jet in Lands Aberdeen

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Guthmiller purchased his Aero L-39 Albatros last year. Photos by Annie Scott.
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Ross Feinstein, Matt Guthmiller and Mat Perkins stopped in Aberdeen on their way to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Two unique aircraft made a pit stop at the Aberdeen Regional Airport on Thursday, July 20.

One was piloted by Aberdeen native Matt Guthmiller, who in 2014 became the youngest person to fly solo around the world. He was 19 at the time.

Guthmmiller stopped in Aberdeen to refuel his 1975 Aero L-39 Albatros and catch up with family before heading on to Traverse City, Michigan. He and two other pilots were on their way to the Experimental Aircraft Association 2023 AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which was held July 23-30. The fly-in and air show is the biggest in the world.

Earlier in the day, he had departed from his airplane hangar home in Alpine, Wyoming, with friends Mat Perkins and Ross Feinstein. They were flying two jets, which were manufactured by Aero Vodochody in the former Czechoslovakia.

The L-39 Albatros is believed to be the most common training jet in the world. It was developed in the 1960s, with production starting in 1971 and continuing into the late 1990s, according to many military and flying websites.

Guthmiller said he bought his L-39 Albatross last year from Estonia. It had to be shipped overseas and assembled at his home in Alpine, he said.

Oshkosh wasn’t the only plan Guthmiller had for the summer.

In June, he attended a Pylon Racing Seminar in Reno, Nev. That provided practice, training and certification for the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno in September. This year will be the 59th and last year of the races, Guthmiller said. //

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