Mojave 2018-14

Minimalistic as a Spartan training camp, the Yak’s interior has been augmented by U.S. instruments, including some Garmin glass. The single-seat Yak 50 was the last flat wing design to win the World Aerobatic Championship in 1980. The cambered wing gives it turning performance superior to symmetrical airfoils now in favor; about 70 Yak 50s are in the U.S. with 22 in SoCal. A handful are extant in the rest of the world, save Russia as the Soviets destroyed the fleet when the Yak 55 successor came out.

Minimalistic as a Spartan training camp, the Yak's interior has been augmented by U.S. instruments, including some Garmin glass. The single-seat Yak 50 was the last flat wing design to win the World Aerobatic Championship in 1980. The cambered wing gives it turning performance superior to symmetrical airfoils now in favor; about 70 Yak 50s are in the U.S. with 22 in SoCal. A handful are extant in the rest of the world, save Russia as the Soviets destroyed the fleet when the Yak 55 successor came out.

KITPLANES Web editor Omar Filipovic, based in Portland, Oregon, is a GlaStar builder—old school, that is, he’s taking his time and doing everything himself.

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