|About YAK-50 SN 01|
Serial number 01 all wrapped up in a corner for 30 years
Serial number 01 with the original fixed landing gear and a bubble canopy in 1972
Serial Number 01 June 2012 Billy Bishop Regional Airport, Owen Sound Ontario Canada.
Yakovlev is probably the world’s most illustrious designer of aerobatic training and aerobatic competition aircraft with a history going back to fantastic fighters, considered by many to be the best fighters of the Second World War. · The first post-War light aircraft was the Yak-18 and this went through a number of variations in terms of single and two-seater aircraft and many thousands of the latter were made. · The first serious single-seat aircraft was the Yak-18P, which in turn led to the PM and the PS, each model having lighter weight, more power and greater agility. · The 50 was the final iteration of these single seater Yaks and was designed by Sergei Yakovlev, the son of Yakovlev himself, and although a development of the Yak-18PS, was much lighter; had a totally stressed skin monocoque fuselage and the then new 360hp M14P engine. · The aircraft was first flown in 1975, and after a considerable amount of testing was put into larger scale production at Arsenyev in the Russian Far East and deliveries began in early 1975. The Yak-50 was an outstanding success, and at the 1976 World Aerobatic Championships, took first, second and third in the men’s championships; first to fifth in the women’s as well as taking overall men’s and women’s team prizes. · Unlike the Yak-52, the 50 was made in relatively small numbers (312) until 1985, of which the vast majority were for the Russian DOSAAF and exported were only eight to East Germany and six to Bulgaria. · With the introduction of the Yak-55, Moscow instructed all DOSAAF Clubs to scrap the 50s and return the logbooks to Moscow. Most obeyed this edict, with the result that we now estimate that there are about 66 Yak-50s left in the world.
SN 01 Logbook showing 1st flight on 21 June 1972
SN 01 Arrival at the factory in Smolensk Russia for the rebuild in 2003
SN 01 Ready for test flight 15 April 2003 after rebuild
SN 01 just painted and ready for shipment to USA in February 2004
SN 01 Delivered to Billy Bishop Regional Airport Owen Sound Ontario 4 May 2011
Gord's first flight in SN 01, 5 November 2011 ...FInally .. after importation into Canada
Here is an interesting video of Russian Aviation. The development of aerobatic aircraft and importance of aerobatic training starts about the 23 minute mark
Nice article by by Nick Barnard on flying the YAK 50 UK Flyer Magazine Summer 2011
Notes from Richard Goode, former British National Aerobatic Champion and one of the worlds formost YAK experts.
One of the most charismatic aircraft of all time and given the very small numbers left in the World (approx. 66), they will undoubtedly appreciate in the future. Today, they provide the looks and flying qualities, as well as performance of a Second World War Fighter, together with a relative economy of operation (10 gallons an hour at economical cruise); lovely handling characteristics; a tough and highly agile airframe - the type was twice World Aerobatic Champion! For those who lust after a piston-engine fighter, but are unable to afford $500,000 or more, the Yak 50 is the obvious answer.
Qualities of the aircraft
We are enthusiastic about all Russian aircraft and of course all Yaks. However, we imported the first two Yak-50s to the West some 14 years ago, and then operated them as an aerobatic team sponsored by ‘Vladivar’ and genuinely feel that they are one of the most desirable aircraft of all times. Although now outclassed by more modern aerobatic aircraft, by virtue of its very light weight and high power, the 50 has a superb performance and genuinely feels like flying a small fighter. We feel its strengths are:
In order to present a balanced picture, it is also worth noting that: