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Yak-50 Single-seat Sporting Aircraft 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 7269

Theme: Airplanes

Era : 1960-1979

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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The Yak-50 is a Soviet training aircraft, a single-seat all-metal monoplane with a low-lying cantilever wing.

With the development of aviation, the need of flying clubs for aerobatic aircraft increased. The Yak-18PM and Yak-18PS aircraft were produced in limited quantities, there was a need to resume the serial production of single-seat aerobatic aircraft for flying clubs and the USSR aerobatic team.

The designers were tasked with creating such an aerobatic aircraft that was not inferior to the existing and proposed rival aircraft. In 1972, at the Yakovlev Design Bureau, under the guidance of a young designer V.P. Kondratiev, a new single-seat aerobatic aircraft Yak-50 was developed.

When designing the Yak-50, the aerodynamic scheme of the Yak-18PS was used. At the same time, the aircraft was designed as a single-seat aircraft with reduced dimensions and an improved design.

The Yak-50 demonstrated its pilot qualities more than once at aerobatics competitions, new world records for flight speed and rate of climb were set on the aircraft.

With the appearance of the Yak-50 in international competitions, the style of piloting was established, in which the figures are performed at high speeds with high overloads. This led to a change in the loading conditions of the aircraft structure, and the repeatability of both positive and negative g-forces increased many times over. At that time, the problem of the resource of a sports aircraft was not sufficiently studied. As a result, a number of accidents occurred due to the destruction of the wing, which resulted in the death of athletes. The reliability of the design became the main drawback of the aircraft, and in this regard, many aircraft were withdrawn from the flying clubs.

The aircraft was mass-produced at the aviation plant in Arseniev from 1976 to 1986. A total of 312 aircraft were produced.

It was exported to Australia, Great Britain, East Germany, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, Poland.