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Airplane Picture - Yak-11 of Polish Air Force.

Yak Aircraft Corporation (formerly the A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau JSC) Information


Industry: Aerospace and defense
Founded: 1934
Key people: Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev
Products: Military aircraft
Parent: United Aircraft Corporation
Website: yak.ru

The Yak Aircraft Corporation (formerly the A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau JSC) is a Russian aircraft designer and manufacturer (design office prefix Yak).

Airplane Picture - Yak-11 of Polish Air Force.

Picture - Yak-11 of Polish Air Force.


The bureau was formed in 1934 under designer Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev as OKB-115 (the design bureau has its own production base at the facility №115), but the birthday is considered on 12 May 1927, the day of maiden flight of the AIR-1 aircraft developed within the Department of Light Aircraft of GUAP (Head Agency of Aviation Industry) under the supervision of A.S. Yakovlev.

During World War II Yakovlev designed and produced a famed line of fighter aircraft.

It was merged into the Yak Aviation Company with Smolensk Aviation Plant Joint Stock Company in March 1992, although the two companies continued to be operated separately. It later underwent privatization and became Yak Aircraft Corporation. The Russian government is planning to merge the holding company with Mikoyan, Ilyushin, Irkut, Sukhoi and Tupolev as a new company named United Aircraft Building Corporation.

The firm is the designer of the Pchela (Russian: Пчела, "bee") drone reconnaissance aircraft and is perhaps best known for its highly successful line of World War II-era piston-engined fighter aircraft.

The name Yakovlev is used commonly in the West, but in Russia it is always abbreviated as Yak (Russian: Як) as a part of an aircraft name. The German transliteration, often used by the Russians, Poles, and others as well, is Jak.


Airplane Picture - Yak-130 trainer aircraft

Picture - Yak-130 trainer aircraft

AIR-6 (liaison, general purpose)
UT-1 (AIR-14) (1936 - 1-seater trainer)
UT-2 "Mink" (AIR-10, Ya-20) (1935 - 2-seater trainer)
UT-3 (AIR-17) (19386 - 3-seat crew trainer)
VVP-6 (experimental VTOL transport and weapons platform)
Yak-1 (1940 - WWII fighter)
Yak-2 (1940 - WWII bomber)
Yak-3 (1943 - WWII fighter, improved Yak-1)
Yak-4 (1940 - WWII bomber, improved Yak-2)
Yak-5 (1944 - WWII trainer prototype, improved UT-2L)
Yak-6 (1942 - transport)
Yak-7 "Mark" (1942 - WWII 2-seater trainer & 1-seater fighter, version of Yak-1)
Yak-8 "Crib" (1944 - transport, improved Yak-6)
Yak-9 "Frank" (1944 - WWII fighter, improved Yak-7)
Yak-10 (liaison)
Yak-11 "Moose" (1948 - Trainer)
Yak-12 "Creek" (1947 - liaison, general purpose)
Yak-13 (improved Yak-10, prototype only)
Yak-14 "Mare" (1948 - military transport glider)
Yak-15 (1946 - first successful Soviet jet fighter)
Yak-16 "Cork" (1947 - civilian transport)
Yak-17 "Feather" and "Magnet" (1947 - fighter)
Yak-18 "Max" (1946 - tandem two-seat military primary trainer)
Yak-18T (1970s - 4 seat aerobatic trainer)
Yak-19 (1947 - fighter)
Yak-20 (1949 - trainer)
Yak-23 "Flora" (1947 - fighter)
Yak-EG (1947 - experimental helicopter)
Yak-24 "Horse" (1952 - transport helicopter)
Yak-25 (1947 - fighter prototype, designation reused)
Yak-25 "Flashlight" (1952 - interceptor)
Yak-25RV "Mandrake" (1950s - reconnaissance)
Yak-26 "Flashlight" (1956 - tactical bomber)
Yak-27 "Flashlight-" and "Mangrove" (1958 - reconnaissance)
Yak-28 "Brewer" (1958 - multi-role bomber)
Yak-28P "Firebar" (1965-66 - interceptor)
Yak-28U "Maestro" (trainer)
Yak-30 (1948 - interceptor prototype)
Yak-30 "Magnum" (1960 - trainer, designation reused)
Yak-32 "Mantis" (1960 - trainer, single-seat version of Yak-30)
Yak-33 (1960s - V/STOL fighter, bomber, reconnaissance aircraft project)
Yak-36 "Freehand" (1963 - VTOL demonstration aircraft)
Yak-38 "Forger" (1971 - V/STOL shipborne fighter)
Yak-40 "Codling" (1968 - commercial passenger)
Yak-41 "Freestyle" (1975 - early name for Yak-141 VTOL fighter)
Yak-42 "Clobber" (1980 - commercial passenger)
Yak-43 (1983 - projected replacement for VTOL Yak-141 fighter)
Yak-44 (1980s - carrier-capable airborne early warning)
Yak-45 (1970s - failed air superiority fighter design)
Yak-46 (1990s - failed push prop design)
Yak-48 (1990s - proposed commercial passenger)
Yak-50 (1949 - fighter prototype, designation reused)
Yak-50 (1975 - aerobatic aircraft)
Yak-52 (1976 - aerobatic and military trainer)
Yak-53 (1982 - aerobatic trainer)
Yak-54 (1993 - sport)
Yak-55 (1982 - aerobatic)
Yak-56 (1990 - proposed two-seat version of the Yak-55M)
Yak-58 (1994 - shrouded piston monoplane)
Yak-60 (1960s - tandem-rotor heavy-lift helicopter design)
Yak-77 (1990s - proposed twin-engine business, regional commuter airliner)
Yak-100 (1948 - transport hecopter design)
Yak-112 (1990s - general purpose)
Yak-130 (1996 - trainer)
Yak-140 (1954) (1954 - light-weight experimental fighter)
Yak-140 (1955 - experimental fighter aircraft)
Yak-141 "Freestyle" (1975)
Yak-200 (1953 - multi-engined trainer)
Yak-1000 (1951 - high-speed experimental aircraft)
Yakovlev Pchela (1990s - unmanned reconnaissance aircraft)
Irkut MS-21
Gulfstream G200

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Степанец А.Т.- Истребители "Як" периода Великой Отечественной войны. Справочник. - М.: Машиностроение, 1992. - 224 с.: ил:

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