Yakovlev Yak-18T                

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Yakovlev Yak-18T

Scale 1:32
Design: Roman Vasiliev
File Size: 8.11Mb
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Model # 075

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Technical data:
  Length 8.39 m    
  Span 11.16 m    
  Engine 1 x Vedeneyev M14P, 9-cylinder radial 268kW
  Max Speed 295 km/h    
  Armament None
  Crew 1 pilot and 3 passengers
     One of the very few four seat light aircraft to be built in the Soviet Union during the Cold War years, the rugged Yak-18T has its basis in the Yak-18 series of two seat trainers. The Yak-18 first flew in 1946 and went on to be built in massive numbers (including more than 8000 for the Soviet air force which used it as its standard military basic trainer for many decades). The four seat Yak-18T was the last production model, and the most extensively modified. Compared with the single and two seat Yak-18 models, the Yak-18T introduced a much enlarged cabin with seating for four, tricycle undercarriage plus the 265kW (355hp) Vedneyev (now VOKBM) M14 nine cylinder radial engine. First flight occurred in mid 1967 and the Yak-18T was then subsequently placed in series production in Smolensk. The Yak-18T went on to become the standard basic trainer with Aeroflot flight schools, while small numbers also entered service with the Soviet air force as liaison and communications aircraft. After approximately 200 were built, mainly for Aeroflot, production ceased in the late 1980s. In 1993 the Smolensk Aircraft Factory placed the Yak-18T back into production against a number of new contracts, including 20 for the Philippines air force. Several Yak-18Ts have also found their way into the west. Compared with western four seat light aircraft, the Yak-18T is much larger, heavier and less economic to operate with a far more powerful engine, although it was never intended for private pilot operation. Its strong construction and military background has given it an aerobatic capability, while its general handling characteristics are docile.





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