Yakovlev Yak-53

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Yakovlev Yak-53
Role Aerobatic trainer
National origin USSR
Manufacturer Yakovlev
First flight 1982
Number built 1
Developed from Yak-52

The Yakovlev Yak-53 was a single seat aerobatic trainer aircraft produced in the USSR during 1981/2. Only prototypes were produced.[1]


The prototype Yak-53 was derived from the Yak-52, differing in being a single seater designed as an aerobatic trainer. The front cockpit was deleted and the canopy modified to suit. The cockpit used the flying controls of the Yak-50 without the spring loading of the Yak-52, and the use of the undercarriage and tankage of the prototype Yak-52 to save weight, making the Yak-53 100 kg (220 lb) lighter than the Yak-52.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The prototype Yak-53 set two world records for time to height in its class on 15 February and 23 February 1982. Some sources state that a 3-bladed propellor of western origin was used for the record setting flights.[1]

Specifications (Yak-53)[edit]

Data from OKB Yakovlev[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 7.68 m (25 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 15 m2 (160 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 900 kg (1,984 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,060 kg (2,337 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Vedeneyev M-14P 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 270 kW (360 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed Foreign manufacture constant-speed propeller


  • Maximum speed: 300 km/h (190 mph, 160 kn)
  • Time to altitude: 3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 5 minutes 5 seconds; 6,000 m (20,000 ft) in 13 minutes 54 seconds
  • Take-off run: 150 m (490 ft)
  • Landing run: 250 m (820 ft)


  1. ^ a b c d Gordon, Yefim; Dmitry; Sergey Komissarov (2005). OKB Yakovlev. Hinkley: Midland Publishing. pp. 289–290. ISBN 1-85780-203-9.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gordon, Yefim; Gunston, Bill (1997). Yakovlev aircraft since 1924 (1st ed.). London: Putnam. p. 289-290. ISBN 0851778720.