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Historical Aero DVD: Yakovlev Yak-52

Sit back and enjoy the view from the back seat of the Yak 52 as the Red Star Aerobatic team put the aircraft through its paces. Enjoying increasing popularity as a relatively cheap yet well performing 'warbird', the Yak-52 is an enjoyable aircraft to watch displayed.

CamelBoth the Yak 52 and the Chinese Nanchang CJ6 have a common ancestor in the earlier Yak 18 trainer from the late 1940's.

Often mistaken for the Nanchang, the Yak 52 can be easily distinguished by its shorter, straighter wings, it's more rounded tail profile, and the partially visible retracted undercarriage. The Nanchang has a more square tail, and the longer wings are slightly gull shaped.

Designed by the Yakovlev Bureau in Russia, these aircraft were still in production until recently and were built under licence in Romania by Intreprinderia de Avione Bacau.The prototype aircraft (originally designated Yak-50U) first flew in 1974. Up until 1991 over 1700 aircraft of the type were built, with a smaller number having been produced since that time.

In the early 1980s' a single seat (Yak-53) variant was being designed, but this design never caught on, and only one of those aircraft remains flying today (in the USA).

Since the first Yak 52 was imported into New Zealand in 1991, others have followed and there are now at least a dozen examples of the type around the country.

The Ivenchenko 360 horsepower engine provides a high power to weight ratio making this aircraft well suited for aerobatics, even though it was initially designed as a primary trainer aircraft for piltos who would later transition to Soviet jet aircraft.


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About The DVD

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  • contain a minimum of 100 mins of video footage, including ground to air, air-to-air and on-board camera footage.
  • be available in both PAL and NTSC formats
  • include previously unreleased video footage and photographs

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