The YAK 52 is a primary trainer for the Russian Air Force.  It’s capable of plus-7 to minus-5 G’s.  This aircraft is known for its aerobatic ability.  It’s a two-person aircraft.  The pilot sits in front, and the instructor or passenger sits in back.  No one will be in the back for the Thunder air show. 

This light attack aircraft is still used today as in third world countries and as a trainer for the Russian Air Force.  Two of the aircraft in today’s show were in service in the Soviet Air Force in the late 1980’s. 

The Vintage Warbirds is the local chapter of the national Red Star Pilots Association will demonstrate precision flying through formation work.


•             Never exceed speed: 360 km/h (194 kn, 223 mph)

•             Maximum speed: 285 km/h (154 kn, 177 mph) at sea level

•             Cruise speed: 190 km/h (103 kn, 118 mph) econ cruise at 1,000 m (3,280 ft)

•             Stall speed: 85-90 km/h (46-49 kn, 53-56 mph)