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Old 05-26-2008, 08:12 PM
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Default Russian military pics Yak

Usually I can find what I need at Airliners.net, but to no avail,

Would like to do a Yak 54 in original Russian Military color scheme, unable to find pics of. Any links out there?
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:45 AM
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Default RE: Russian military pics Yak

I am no expert but it seems like the plane was designed in the 1990's and was built for sport or competition aviation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakovlev_Yak-54

Here is what the Yakelov Design Bureau has on its Yak 54 page.

http://www.airshow.ru/expo/658/prod_480.htm

At an air show in Daytona Beach (home of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University) in November 2005 Eric Beard preformed with Russian Thunder the Yak 54 sponsored in part by ERAU. The announcer said that only 6 or so of these were built for competition to win the USSR's contract to enter Russia in international aerobatic competition. The other manufacturer in that competition was Suhkoi and I can't remember what model the announcer was talking of. Long story short Suhkoi won the contract with a larger-geared motor that could swing a big prop more quietly (for the judges[Yiikes, that is not just in models!!]) and had other amenities such as adjustable rudder petals-with straps... So they only made a few Yak 54's and the only one flying in the USA is Eric's Russian Thunder which was recently bought from his family (the January after I saw him in Daytona he sadly perished in a Piper Seneca on a contract mail run http://www.komonews.com/news/archive/4173816.html RIP Eric)

The new owner is Jim Bourke owner of RC Groups and maker of Real Flight simulator (something look familiar in the airplane sceme?)

http://www.russianthunder.com/

At the airshow all of the Extra's Edges and caps flew tighter circuits than the Yak 54 but it's presentation (It looks BIG) in the air with that bellowing radial engine (not much exhaust mufflers there-just straight pipe out of a collector ring) and the thick plumes of smoke is what sticks in my mind. I got his autograph that day but wish I had made a video.

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Old 05-27-2008, 07:52 AM
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How interesting, thanks.

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