The Yak-18A was once a popular Soviet Air Force machine, based on the Yak-18U and built in large numbers. Today, it is a rare retro 2-seat training aerobatic aircraft with a 260hp Ivchenko AI-14 9-cylinder radial engine, It differs from the Yak-52 in engine power and whereas the Yak 52 was designed as an aerobatics aircraft, the 18A was designed as a training aircraft. The Yak 18A has dihedral wings whereas the 52 does not.
It is often confused with the Chinese Nangchang CJ5 aircraft but they are quite different. In fact, this aircraft inspired the creation of the Nanchang CJ6/CJ6A and exhibits similar characteristics of stability to that of the much later 18T. The Chinese took the 18A design under license from the Yakovlev Design Bureau first as the CJ5 and essentially uprated it to deliver the popular and often preferred CJ6 & CJ6A. This included a tail modification, more powerful engine and a variety of structural enhancements.
The propeller mounted on the Yak-18A is the traditional Speriott V530TA-D35 two-blade wooden variable pitch propeller and the aircraft has semi-retractable undercarriage. Braking, starting and flap system are all operated by the common Yakovlev pneumatic air system.
This Yak=18A is currently being fully restored in Ukraine, it is based just outside of the Kharkiv region. The aircraft is undergoing a total restoration and shares will be sold with spares, English manual and will be moved onto the most appropriate register as required. It is being restored to the original specification with an extended wing tank modification giving it some serious range.
It will be painted in drab olive green which was one of the original DOSAAF paint schemes. The final scheme detail will be agreed with the shareholder group.
All parts have been prepared, overhauled or resourced and therefore nothing is missing. The low time engine has been fully overhauled and re-mounted. The airframe has been covered with new fabric and is about to enter the paint shop.
If you are looking for an unusual yet imposing touring aircraft of a less raw aerobatic nature and fully overhauled then the Yak-18A could be the right option for you. Take a look at this demonstration.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Please contact us if you are interested in acquiring a share of this aircraft. It is intended to be UK registered on a Permit to Fly and possibly based at EGLD / Denham. A Mode S transponder and .833 Mhz radio will be fitted once in the UK. Share costs will be based around a new group and from £13,500 per share up to £27,000 depending on the number of shareholders. Usual company ownership / group management terms will apply. Radial experience essential.
ORIGINAL MANUFACTURER: Yakovev Design Bureau
CATEGORY: Military Trainer
CURRENT LOCATION: Ukraine
Max level: 340km/h, 183kts
Nominal Cruise: 246km/h, 132kts
Take-off run: 215m, ~710ft
Landing distance: 250m, ~825ft
Empty weight: 1,025kg
Useful load: 295kg
Fuel Type: AvGas
Fuel Capacity: 230 litres (up from 100 litres)
Duration: ~5.4hrs no reserve (based on 42lph)
TTSN: 754 hrs
SMOH: 0 hrs
Type: Ivchenko AI-14R 260hp 9-cylinder radial
Weight: 214kg (471lbs)
TTSN: 303 hrs
SMOH: 0 hrs
TBO: 500 hrs
Year: 2017 overhaul
Type: Speriott V530TA-D35 2-blade, Variable Pitch
TTSN: 0 hrs
SMOH: 0 hrs
TBO: 500 hrs
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