(Variants/Other Names: Yak-52TW)
This Yak-52, registered G-CBSS and named "Janie," is owned by Etienne Verhellen.
History: The Yakovlev Yak-52
first flew in 1976, and is still being produced in Bacau, Romania, by Aerostar. Designed
originally as a primary trainer for students who would later transition to Soviet jet
aircraft, the aerobatics-capable (+7g / -5 g) Yak-52 is now often seen in the hands of
sports flying enthusiasts from the United States to New Zealand.
A descendant of the single-seat champion aerobatic Yak-50, but with a tricycle-geared
undercarriage that makes it appear more like the earlier Yak-18, the
two-seat, all-metal Yak-52 is powered by a 360hp radial engine, the Ivchenko M-14P, with an
inverted fuel system that permits inverted flight for as long as two minutes, while
drawing fuel from a 5-gallon reserve tank. The engine drives a two-bladed
counter-clockwise rotating, variable-pitch, wooden propeller.
An easy airplane to fly, with a fast roll rate, especially to the
right, the Yak-52 takes some taxiing adjustment for flyers accustomed to hydraulics,
because the plane uses air pressure to operate the brakes (as well as the flaps and
landing gear), and also because the non-steerable nosewheel calls for differential
braking. Air lines to each cylinder, used for starting the engine, may easily be mistaken
for a fuel injection arrangement.
At 2,200 lbs. empty weight, the plane is quite light and agile. While the landing gear is
fully retractable, it remains partially-exposed in the retracted position, affording a
measure of protection should the plane be forced to land "wheels up." Capable of
operating from unimproved grass runways, the aircraft is easily maintained, even "in
A newer version of the aircraft, the Yak-52TW,
features a tailwheel configuration and is powered by a 400-hp version of the
M-14 engine. [History by Kevin Murphy]
Engine: One 360-hp VMKB (Vedenyev) M-14P radial piston engine
Weight: Empty 2,238 lbs., Max
Takeoff 2,877 lbs.
Wing Span: 30ft. 6.25in.
Length: 25ft. 5in.
Height: 8ft. 10.25in.
Range: 310 miles
Number Built: 1,800+
Number Still Airworthy: 1,200+
Yak-52 Pilot Report
by Budd Davisson ]
All Red Star -- Information for operators
of Eastern-bloc aircraft.
Custom Painted Yak-52 Scale Models
European Yak Club
FAA Special Airworthiness Informational Bulletin (SAIB) for Aerostar/Yak-52.
GeSoCo Industries -- Importers of new Yak-52Ws.
Kiwi Aircraft Images: Yak-52
Lithuanian company specializing in repair and service of Yaks.
Red Sky Aviation, LLC, Livermore,
Pilots Association -- Owner/operator organization.
SkyTrace Yak-52 Type
Conversion Course, UK
"Y is for Yak"
-- Article by Sherry Ditmer, AvWeb.
Yak Census -- A detailed listing of all known Yak-50s, -52s, and more.
The Yak List -- Internet
Discussion Board, hosted by Matronics
Yak Parts, Manuals, and Aircraft For Sale
Yakkes Foundation --
European Yak-52 flying group.
Glenn Foy in his Yak-52TW, N555GD, stays in
tight on the wing of Herb Coussons during a Yak formation clinic in
Rockford, Illinois, May 2008. Photo by Buck Wyndham.
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