Z-226T, OK-MUA, No. 370, Ladislav Bezák, Kladno airfield, Czechoslovakia, 1971
One of three private Treners in the former Czechoslovakia at the turn of the sixties and seventies was in possession of Ladislav Bezák, the first official aerobatics world champion. He assembled it personally using a discarded airframe obtained from
the Kladno Aero Club and a number of scavenged parts. It was registered on October 29, 1968, with serial number 370, which,
however, duplicated the factory serial number of another aircraft (HA-TRL delivered to Hungary). Bezák used his Trainer for
aerobatic training and demonstration flights. On December 19, 1971, he used this aircraft to emigrate from Czechoslovakia to the
then West Germany. As it was an aircraft in his possession, it was not returned to Czechoslovakia. Bezák continued to operate it
under German (D-EMUD) and British (G-BEZA) registration. Ladislav Bezák died in 2018 and the aircraft
is today stored in Germany in an unairworthy condition.
Z-226M, OK-KNM, No. 40-09, Aero Club Roudnice nad Labem, Czech Republic, 2019
This aircraft was manufactured as the Z-226B version in 1957 and converted to the Z-226M in 1983. During its long and successful operation as a towing aircraft it suffered two rather strange accidents. The first occurred on June 22, 1968 and was a very curious collision between towing Trener and towed L-13 Blaník sailplane. The OK-KNM suffered heavy damage to the tail surfaces,
but pilot Bohumil Švec managed to land safely and so did the pilot of the sailplane. The second accident on June 29, 1984, was no
less curious, as the L-60 with running engine stated to taxi with nobody at the controls
at the airfield Raná u Loun. On its way to the fire water storage tank (in which it finally ended up)
the L-60 damaged the OK-KNM. The OK-KNM is currently grounded due to
the end of the engine service life.
INFO Eduard - November 2021