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Manufacturer: Yakavlev
Designation: Yak-52
Version: A
Nickname: Valiant
Type: Trainer (Basic)
Length: 25' 5"
Height: 8' 10"
Wingspan: 30' 6"
Empty Weight: 2,238 lbs
Gross Weight: 2,877 lbs
Crew: 2
No. of Engines: 1
Powerplant: Vedeneyev M-14P nine-cylinder radial engine
Horsepower: 360
Range: 340 miles
Cruise Speed: 120 mph, 100kn at 3,300 ft
Max Speed: 177 mph, 154kn at sea level
Ceiling: 13,000 ft

Designed as a primary trainer for Soviet and Warsaw Pact pilots, the Yak-52 is a tandem-seated, single-engine, all metal monoplane powered by a 360 horsepower Vedeneyev M14P nine-cylinder radial engine.


A capable aerobatics aircraft, the Yak-52’s fuel and oil system permits inverted flight for as long as two minutes. Responsive and easy to fly, the aircraft is stressed to seven positive and five negative Gs and rolls at well more than 180 degrees / second.


Typical of the rugged requirements of the Soviet military, the Yak-52 is designed to operate in primitive environments with nothing more than basic maintenance. Its retractable tricycle landing gear remains partially exposed in the retracted position making a wheels-up emergency landing both safer and less damaging to the airframe.


The museum’s Yak-52 was donated by David Mudlinger of Hemet California.