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Ceskoslovenske Zavody A Letecke, Narodni Podnik / Letov Tom-8 / L-8

A basic trainer, the Czechoslovak Letov L.8 is also known as the TOM-8 after the bureau design chief Ing. Karel Tomas. Of all-metal construction the Letov L.8 has a cantilever wing with split metal flaps, which like the nosewheel-type retractable undercarriage, is electrically operated by way of a 1,500-watt generator situated in the fuselage.
Ing. Tomas designed the L.8 round the six-cylinder, horizontally opposed, piston, 235-h .p. M-208-C which is also known as the Praga Doris C. The Doris C is a development of the 220-h.p. (3,000 rpm) Doris B flat-six. The two-blade metal airscrew (V.421) has variable pitch and the hub is covered by a pointed metal spinner. The powerplant engine cowling has a triple entry intake - the centre one being the carburettor air intake.
The Letov L.8 is fully aerobatic and is equipped for night flying and instrument training. Light bombs can be mounted under each wing. Gunnery instruction is also catered for.
The prototype Letov L.8 is finished in light grey and has the Czech air force markings on the wings and the fin/rudder. On each side of the rear fuselage is the large serial number "K-01" painted in black.
The Czech air force planned to replace the standard piston-engine basic trainer (the Letov-built C.2B - the Czech version of the wartime Arado Ar 96B) with the Letov L.8.

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