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RA-3439K Yakovlev YAK-52 TD - c/n 9010306 - 'Red Lady Russia' - Flugplatz Bielefeld in Germany - 31 August 2008 Flugplatz Bielefeld (EDLI)

The Yakovlev Yak-52 is a two-seater tandem low wing civil and military aerobatic trainer aircraft with semi-retractable tricycled landinggear. Development of the Yakovlev Yak-52, originally known Yak-50U, started in 1973 as a successor of the Yakovlev Yak-18 training aircraft. The Yakovlev 52 was designed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau as a trainer version of the single-seat Yak-50. The prototype was flown first in 1974. Production was initiated in 1976 at the Intreprinderea de Avioane Bacau factory in Bacau, Romania and production of the Yak-52 started in 1977. The Romanian prototype Yak-52 was flown first in May 1978 and deliveries started the same year. The IAK-52 airplane is equipped with a 360 hp Ivchenko Vedeneyev M-14P nine cylinder, air-cooled radial piston engine. The 400 hp M14PF can also be fitted. The Yak-52 was used in the Soviet Union as a basic military trainer as well as primary and advanced aerobatic trainer. A vast majority is in use with the Russian DOSAAF Clubs. The I.Av. Bacau was renamed Aerostar S.A. in 1991. Over 1800 have been produced to date starting with series-production in 1979. At the peak of production 150 aircraft were manufactured per year. Aerostar in Bacau, Romania is still producing the Yak-52 in limited numbers on request. The present Models are the Yak-52W, an upgraded derivative with Western instruments, radio, electrical etc. and the tail wheel version Yak-52TW. After the introduction of the Yak-52TW in the USA it was shown there was great demand for a cheaper version of the Yak-52 tail dragger type of aircraft. Termikas, Lithuania, have undertaken a design study to convert during overhaul or to supply as a "kit" the necessary parts for conversion of the standard YAK 52 to Tail Dragger configuration: the Yak-52TD.

Yakovlev Yak-52 TD s/n 9010306 'Red Lady Russia' was built in 1990 and put into operation in the Russian DOSAAF as 'yellow/03' early 1991. After having served only one and a half years in DOSAAF services, the aircraft was decommissioned with 173 flying hours in June 1992. In 2002, the YAK 52 was taken over by Termikas, refurbished and sold to Germany in 2005. In 2008, the Yakovlev Yak-52 was converted to a tail dragger at UAB "Termikas", Preinai, Republic of Lithunia. With the more powerful 400 HP Vedeneyev M-14P engine and the optimized 3-bladed propeller from Mühlbauer and the fully inward retractable under carriage the YAK-52 TD has remarkable a performance. In 2010, the aircraft was bought by the Red Yak Flyers. When seen during the International fly-in / Flugplatzfest at Bielefeld-Windelsbleiche airfield, the nose-art 'Red Lady Russia' pin-up was painted on the left bonnet of the Yakovlev Yak-52TD RA-3439K.

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