From Russia With Love: The YAK-50

Developed by the famous WWII Russian fighter design bureau, Yakovlev OKB, the YAK-50 was conceived from the outset to dominate the world aerobatic competition scene in the mid 1970's.  


A further evolution of the storied 1940's YAK-18 lineage of aircraft, many enhancements were made to the design to improve both aerobatic performance and strengthen the airframe to be able to withstand the extreme demands placed on the aircraft throughout the unlimited aerobatic flight envelope.  With superb maneuverability and a powerful 9-cylinder radial engine, the YAK-50 has the ability to put on a high energy aerobatic display, all while keeping the show right in front of the judges at competitions and the fans at airshows. 


A true thoroughbred, the YAK-50 boasts some impressive performance numbers.  With a top speed of 450 km/h, a roll rate of 200 degrees per second, and the ability to withstand +9G, this Russian classic is still a formidable competitor.  


Our YAK-50, affectionately named '(To Be Announced)', was built in 1976 behind the iron curtain of the Soviet Union.  After winning multiple aerobatic contests, she was sold to a private collector in Australia.    Geoff had the great fortune to acquire this unique and historic aerobatic aircraft in the spring of 2019.



Type:  Яковлев ЯК-50 (Yakovlev YAK-50)

Origin:  Soviet Union

First Flight:  25 June 1975

Role:  Sport Aerobatics


Length:  7.8 m (25 ft 9 in)

Height:  3.2 m (10 ft 7 in)

Wingspan:  9.5 m (31 ft 4 in)

Empty Weight:  775 kg (1,705 lb)

Aerobatic Weight:  935 kg (2,061 lb)


Powerplant:  360 Horsepower Vedeneyev M-14P 9 Cylinder Radial Engine

Stall Speed:  100 km/h (54 kts)

Cruise Speed:  270 km/h (146 kts)

Max Speed:  450 km/h (243 kts)

Max Climb:  20.3 m/s (4,000 fpm)

Range:  880 km (475 nm)

Ceiling:  5,000 m (16,500 ft)

Load Rating:  +9G / -6G


Here's to worthy dreams, the excellence to realize them, and the courage to risk failure in their pursuit.

Geoff Latter Airshows

Abbotsford Airport

Tel: (778) 899-7513