Loops, Dives And Free Falls Are All Fun For This Yak
The Yakovlev Yak-50 is an absolutely beautiful plane and the lucky pilots have a whole lot of fun with it. Descended from a line of powerful WWII-era Soviet fighters, the Yak-50 has some amazing moves.
Introduced in 1975, the Yak-50 serves as a trainer and aerobatic aircraft for Russia, Ukraine, and Lithuania. A high power-to-weight ratio, as well as a strong airframe, allows the Yak-50 to be so agile with incredible handling.
- Crew: one, pilot
- Length: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
- Wingspan: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
- Height: 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
- Wing area: 15.0 m² (161.5 ft²)
- Airfoil: Clark YH
- Empty weight: 750 kg (1653 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 910 kg (2006 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Vedeneyev M-14P, M-14PF or M-14R 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 269/298/336 kW (360/400/450 hp)
This Yak-50 is all about vapor trails because you need to see them as evidence of what it can do. Fans at this air show were treated to the beautiful loops, dives, and dangerous free falls this plane can do. You can’t help but be impressed with the stunts of the Yak-50 after watching this video from Wings.