Z-326, No. 933, Burdigala Flying Group, Bordeaux-Léognan-Saucats Aérodrome, France, 2016
A very unusually colored Z-326 flies from Bordeaux-Léognan-Saucats airport today. The owner is obviously a fan of Navy aircraft and so he painted and
decorated his Trener in this spirit. The aircraft was
handed over to the CNVM (Centro Nacional de Verificación de Maquinaria) in Spain in 1968. From there
it was later sold to the French owner. It was flown
by the Picardie-Amiens Aero Club and is operated by
the Burdigala Flying Group today. In addition to several unidentified air unit markings, the aircraft also
sports various non-standard symbols.
Z-326, No. 876, private owner, Germany, 2018
The aircraft was produced in 1963 and sold to Germany on January 5, 1965. It received the D-EFAI matriculation, after some time it was sold to Sweden (where
it flew as SE-CWK), but later returned to Germany.
Subsequent changes of owners took the aircraft
first to France and then back to Germany again…
In Germany the aircraft continued to operate with the
original German matriculation. From 1984 to 1993 it
was owned by Dietmar Metz, now a member of the
Dragon Trener Team. Dietmar started his aerobatic
career flying the D-EFAI. Today, this Trener Master
has a new owner and a new livery, which includes
also a small Czech cockade.
Z-326MF, No. 861, Fundació Parc Aeronàutic de Catalunya, Barcelona-Sabadell, Spain, 2005
The first Trener Master exported to Spain was the one
with the serial number 861. Manufactured in 1962, it
was sold to Spain on April 29, 1964, and obtained the
EC-WXA matriculation. The aircraft served with the
Spanish National Aerobatic Team as the first Z-326.
The team won the 1964 World Championships in Bilbao. Subsequently, the aircraft was grounded for several years. In the 1990s, members of the Foundation
at Barcelona-Sabadell Airport attempted to repair it
to airworthy condition, but eventually it was trans-
ported to Zlin-Avion Service in 2002 for complete
overhaul and conversion to the Z-326MF standard.
It was all completed in 2003. Since then, it has been
operated by the Sabadell Airport Foundation, now
with the EC-AXA matriculation.