Serial: W-15 (OK-0832, VT7.48)
At the beginning of fifties, two gliders LF-107 Lunak (Lunak means kite - lat.Milvus, bird of prey) served to training and condition flights of cargo glider pilots having in these time used type marking VT-7. They had code marking W-15 and W-16. The Lunaks were retained in standard yellow colour, they wore blue fringed national marking, black letters and figures of code marking and red badge of producer, Rudy Letov Factory (Red Letov, n.p. means narodni podnik = national company) on bow. The small instruction inscriptions (on the nose under the Pitot's tube, on bow from the bottom side, vertically on the windscreen arc frame, above lifting bars on fuselage ahead of tail flats, from the top at ailerons and elevator, on the flaps) were black as the strip in front of cockpit. After their duty end in CSLA (Czechoslovak People's Army), the Lunaks were returned to Svazarm aeroclubs. The depicted W-15, Prod.Nr.48 used to fly then having OK-0832 marking in Central Bohemian region.
ZDE ZVEDAT = lift here; ZDE NEZVEDAT = do not lift here; ZDE NETLACIT = do not push here; ZDE SE PRICHYTIT = attach here.
The Lunaks were really very popular gliders in Czechoslovakia, capable of full acrobatics, called also 'engineless fighters', of course redoubtable by inexperienced pilots - total production 75 gliders.
Artist: © Miroslav Balous
Source: Letecktvi I kosmonautika (L+K) Magazine