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The single-seater, low-wing Yak-50 is one of the most renowned and outstanding aerobatics planes of the 1970s.

At the World Aerobatics Championships in Kiev, Ukraine, a year after the plane was introduced, the Soviet aerobatic pilots demonstrated not only their own skills, but also the performance of the new plane. First and second prize in the men’s competition and the first five places in the women’s competition went to Soviet pilots flying the new Yak. The exhibited plane was one of several Yak-50s flown by GDR aerobatic pilots. After six years of flying they were put into storage in 1985 and acquired by the Deutsches Museum in 1993.

Technical specifications:

  • Design office: Yakowlew, UdSSR, 1979
  • Wingspan: 9.50 m
  • Maximum speed: 320 km/h
  • Max. load factors: +9g/-6g  
  • Power plant: Iwtschenko M-14 P nine-cylinder radial engine
  • Power rating: 268 kW