The Yak-52 formation team is not a professional display team but is made of some enthusiastic Yakovlev Yak-52 trainer owners. The Yak-52 was originally a primary trainer that first entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1979. They were produced from 1978 to 1998 and operated by numerous countries aligned to the Soviet Union. Following the fall of the Soviets in 1991 many Yak-52’s were sold internationally to private buyers. Variants have been modified to include western avionics and there is also a tail wheel variant, the Yak-52TW of which a couple of examples were flown at the Kyneton Air Show on April 23rd, 2017.
In my next post I will show some photos from the flying displays by the RAAF Roulettes aerobatic display team and the RAAF Heritage Trainers Flight (CAC Winjeel and PAC CT-4 Airtrainer training aircraft).