Another model of the plane, which you will be able to see at this year’s Mazury AirShow is Jak-18.
This model is a development of UT-2 training and training. It is a double low-wing metal structure, partially covered with aluminum, partly with canvas, with a classic retractable landing gear and a rotatable propeller. It was created in the construction office of Yakovlev in 1946, and from 1947 it was produced in series. A total of approximately 7,000 copies were created.
For the purposes of military aviation and aeroclubs, Poland bought a total of 112 Yaks 18. After the start of training of military pilots on the Polish “Bies” TS-8 in 1958, the military Jaki 18 began to go to the aeroclubs.
A number of Yak18 developmental constructions were created, of which the most interesting are:
- Yak 18A – three-wheeled
- Yak 18 P – aerobatic one-man
- Yak 18T – four-seater
- Yak 50 – aerobatic one-man
- Yak 52 – double aerobatic with a classic chassis
The airmen praised this type of aircraft, sometimes in a special and unlikely context. It happened that on the night of 23/24 July 1956, four cadets from Ułąż on two Yaks 18 moved to Austria. Without knowledge of the area and without radiolocation, they made a successful “flight through furniture” and landing in the non-ideological zone. Planes returned to the country after a dozen or so days, the pilots did not want to.
We will host a copy of Jaka 18 No. EM 005 produced in 1956 in Hungary, which went to Poland in 1957. Designed for the aeroclub, it received civilian SP-AOP marks. In 1973, he was transferred to the Aviation Museum in Krakow. In 2000, the “Polskie Orły” Foundation carried out a thorough refurbishment. Permitted again for flights, the aircraft received SP-YYY registration marks, but military painting. That’s where the white and red chess boards are next to the civil letters. The Foundation operated the plane for several years, then it flew in the air team of the late Szufa brand. After another thorough renovation, it was handed over to the Association of Experimental Aviation.