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Yakovlev Yak-25RV The Target Dron 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 72212-01

Theme: Soviet Air Forces

Era : 1946-1959

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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Yak-25RV High-altitude reconnaissance and target aircraft based on Yak-25 with R-11F-300 engines. The aircraft was designed to fly at high altitude, so it had an increased wingspan. 155 machines of this type were produced.

The Yak-25 (Product 120, according to NATO codification: Flashlight - “Flashlight”) is a Soviet two-seat fighter-interceptor developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau in the late 1940s. As an interceptor, it was withdrawn from service in the mid-1960s, but its high-altitude reconnaissance versions were used in the USSR Air Force for some time.

The need to protect the long borders of the Soviet Union required the creation of a heavy fighter-interceptor, which was supposed to have a long flight range, high speed and a long stay in the air. But it was not possible to create such an aircraft until the end of the 1940s. In 1951, in the Design Bureau of A. S. Yakovlev, together with the engine designer A. A. Mikulin, they began to design such an aircraft on their own initiative. While Mikulin was developing a jet engine, Yakovlev began to develop a special aircraft for this engine that could carry out long-distance flights.

In August 1951, a decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR was issued, which ordered the creation and presentation for testing in August 1952 of a two-seat twin-engine loitering fighter-interceptor, and on its basis to create a front-line reconnaissance aircraft, which should have been presented for testing in October 1952.

June 19, 1952 was the first flight of the aircraft (product 120). Factory tests were completed in November. The aircraft was well piloted and enabled the pilots to perform complex aerobatics.

State tests of the aircraft took place in the State Research Institute of the Air Force and lasted more than a year. Despite a number of comments from the state commission, it was decided to launch the aircraft after modifications into a series under the designation of the Yak-25 fighter-interceptor.