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Yak-55M 'FORTIS' 1981 Year 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 72205

Theme: Airplanes

Era : 1980-1999

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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upgraded. Differs in a wing of the reduced scope. First flight in May 1989 . In 1991-1993, 106 aircraft were manufactured. In 1996, 7 parts kits were produced for assembly in the USA.

In 1976, Soviet pilots on the Yak-50 aircraft won the world championship in aerobatics . They demonstrated high-speed aerobatics using the permitted flight zone. However, the aerobatics style demonstrated by foreign athletes was recognized as more promising. They performed aerobatics at low speeds, with small radii of rotation and in a small space.

As a result, the Yakovlev Design Bureau began to develop a more advanced aerobatic aircraft that would fully meet the new trends in the "fashion" of aerobatic acrobatics. The project was led by the chief designer of the bureau Yu. I. Yankevich. The aircraft was named Yak-55. The aircraft made its first flight in May 1981, and before that, the athletes continued to compete on the Yak-50.

During the creation of the Yak-55 in aerobatic sports, the requirements for the style of performing figures again managed to change. In competitions, a high-speed style was established - instead of the previous low-speed one. By 1981, this style was adopted by athletes from all competing countries. Not having time to appear on the sports arena, the Yak-55 became obsolete - its flight speed and angular rotation were low and did not meet the new conditions.

At the same time, the Yak-55 had excellent flight qualities, it easily coped with any kind of spin and reverse aerobatics, it was only necessary to increase its speed parameters. After eliminating design flaws and improvements, at the 1984 World Championship, H. Makogonova became the absolute world champion on the modernized Yak-55 aircraft.