The L.O.O.T.M. Archive
Lust Object of the Month
The Zlin (Moravan) company from the Czech Republic is known for building aerobatic aircraft that are stout and perform well. Great handling and easy to fly, the Zlin 50 fills the gap between biplanes and monoplanes--sort of a missing link. It was a world-class aerobat in the 70s, but was eclipsed by the Sukhois, Yaks and Extras.
Since the airplane boasts a Lycoming AEIO-540 (260 - 300 HP), western pilots may find it less intimidating than aircraft with Russian radial engines. It is also the plane of choice for several European formation aerobatic teams.
For more on this capable machine, the October LOOTM,