Yakovlev Yak-25/26/27/28: Yakovlev\’s Tactical Twinjets

Yakovlev Yak-25/26/27/28: Yakovlev\'s Tactical Twinjets

Yakovlev Yak-25/26/27/28: Yakovlev\’s Tactical Twinjets
By Yefim Gordon, Dmitriy Komissarov

Publisher: Midland Publishing 2002 128 Pages
ISBN: 1857801253

During the 1950s and 1960s the Soviet design bureau Yakovlev was responsible for a series of swept-wing, twin-engined, tactical jet combat aircraft. The Yak-25 Flashlight, which was first flown in 1953, was a tandem-seat fighter interceptor with bicycle landing gear. From this basic design stemmed other developments including the Yak-25RD Mandrake, an aircraft designed for reconnaissance duties, and the Yak-26, which was a three-seater with strengthened wings. The Yak-27 was a further improvement, known to NATO by the code word Mangrove. A variant of this type, the 27P which had a night fighter role, was called Flashlight-C. The slightly larger Yak-28 Brewer first appeared in public in 1961 at Tushino. Although this bore a strong family resemblance to the earlier Yak-25, 26 and 27s, the Yak-28 was a completely new design which largely replaced the IL-28 with the VVF. The complete Yak family is covered in detail in this Aerofax which continues the series\’ respected coverage of Soviet airpower.

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