Aircraft Industries, a.s., operating as LET, n.p., is a Czech
(formerly Czechoslovak) civil aircraft manufacturer. Its most
successful design has been the L-410 Turbolet, of which more than 1200
units have been built. Its head office is in Kunovice, Uherské
Hradiště District. LET is since 2008 owned by Russian company
UGMK. The company operates Czech sixth largest airport and a
private secondary school.
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Let L-410 Turbolet
Let L-410 Turbolet at Kubinka
Let L-610 in Kunovice museum
Building of an aircraft factory in Kunovice started in 1936, as a part
Škoda Works industrial concern. Before and during World War II
the unfinished plant served only as a repair works. After the end of
the war the factory was nationalized and in 1950-53 a new plant was
built. In 1957-1967 it was named SPP (Strojírny první pětiletky -
"Works of the First Five-year Plan"), and in 1967 it returned to the
name LET. The works produced under licence were the Soviet trainers
Yakovlev Yak-11 (under a designation C-11) and the
Aero Ae 45
Aero Ae 45 and Aero
Ae 145 utility aircraft.
In 1957 the company began to develop the L-200 Morava light utility
aircraft and four years later the Z-37 Cmelak agricultural aircraft,
which were both a commercial success. For a period of time LET also
produced a jet training aircraft the L-29.
Over the years LET developed and produced gliders–Zlín Z 22, Z 124
Galánka, LF 109 Pioneer, Z 425 Šohaj. However the most popular
gliders produced by LET are the Blaníks–L-13 Blaník, L-23 Super
Blaník and L-33 Solo.
During the 1960s LET’s engineers developed a 19 seat commuter
turboprop – the L-410 Turbolet, of which more than 1200 were
produced. This popular aircraft went through a number of improvements
and modernisations and the latest types, the L 410 UVP-E20 and L 420
are EASA and FAA certified respectively.
The largest Czech transport aircraft
Let L-610 was produced in 1988
only in a prototype form and displayed at the Paris Airshow.
Production was cancelled due to lack of funding. There were 8
protopypes made in the factory.
Aircraft not built completely and preserved
The all-metal Blaník sailplane was produced in the largest quantities
of any sailplane, with over 3000 manufactured since the first rolled
off the production line in 1958. In 2005 it was still in production as
the L23 Super Blaník variant.
51% of the company's shares was purchased by UGMK in 2008; UAC has
shown interest in acquiring the control of the company, as well.
Let C-11 - Czech production version of the Soviet Yakovlev Yak-11. 707
planes were produced in 1953-1956.
Let L-200 Morava
Let L-200 Morava - produced 361 planes in 1957-1964.
Let L-610 - produced only 6 flying prototypes in 1988-1997, the
largest ever designed aircraft in the country.
Let L-410 Turbolet
Let L-410 Turbolet - since 1971, produced more than 1200 planes.
Let L-410 NG - new generation of L-410, since 2018.
LET L-13 Blanik
Let LF-109 Pionýr
^ a b "Contacts." Let Kunovice. Retrieved on 19 May 2011. "Aircraft
Industries, a.s. Na Záhonech 1177 686 04 Kunovice Czech Republic" -
Address in Czech: "
Aircraft Industries, a.s. Na Záhonech 1177 686 04
Kunovice Česká republika"
^ "L 410 UVP-E20 - Základní charakteristika". Let.cz (in
^ "Russian army to possibly place order for aircraft with Czech
manufacturer", BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 5 Nov 2012. (Retrieved via
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nástroje, nové technologie
^ "Russia's OAK Poised to Acquire LET Kunovice". InvestIQ. 1 September
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