‘Zlin’ takes its name from the capital of the central eastern province of the Czech Republic. The Zlin Aircraft Company ZLINSKA LETECKA Inc. (ZLAS) – was established in 1934 by a businessman J.A. Baťa. Since then the company have had a prolific history of aircraft production making gliders, light aircraft, helicopters as well as the famous range of classic aerobatic aircraft.
The Zlin Z-526 was originally designed in 1959 as a basic and aerobatic trainer. Export models were built between 1966 and 1974 with a total of 352 constructed. Our example is the Z-526F and was built in 1971.
The design proved to be very popular during aerobatic competitions and as a result the single seat Z-526AFS version was developed as a single seat version of the Z-526F. They were built between 1981 and 1984.