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Yak-40 bows out in Czech Republic

4th September 2020 - 15:17 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Czech Air Force on 2 September officially took its last remaining Yak-40 aircraft out of service, with a final flight and decommissioning ceremony at the 24th Transport Air Force Base at Prague-Kbely.

The former Czechoslovakia was one of the largest export customers for the three-engine transport aircraft, accounting for 25 out of the 130 aircraft delivered to 18 countries.

A pair of Yak-40s were transferred to the air force in the early 1980s; these were used for training aircrew and ground personnel in the 3rd Transport Air Regiment.

In June 2019, the Czech defence ministry announced it was buying two additional C-295 aircraft to replace the Yak-40 for transport functions.

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