Our aircraft are Eastern and Western Block military trainers and aerobatic competition aircraft: the US designed and manufactured 2-seat Beechcraft T-34 Mentor, the Russian designed single-seat Yakovlev Yak-50 and two-seat Yakovlev Yak-52, and the Chinese designed Nanchang CJ-6.

Beechcraft T-34 A/B Mentor

Span:                 32’ 10”

Length:              25’ 11”

Weight:              2,950 lbs

Engine (A):       220 hp

Engine (B):       260 hp

Performance:   Cruise 173 mph

The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor is an American propeller-driven, single-engined, military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza. The earlier versions of the T-34, dating from around the late 1940s to the 1950s, were piston-engined. These were eventually succeeded by the upgraded T-34C Turbo-Mentor, powered by a turboprop engine. The T-34 remains in service more than six decades after it was first designed.

Role – Trainer aircraft
National origin – United States
Manufacturer – Beechcraft
First flight – 2 December 1948
Introduction – 1953
Primary users – United States Air Force, United States Navy , Japan Air Self Defense Force , Philippine Air Force
Produced – 1953–1959 , 1975–1990
Number built – 2,300+
Developed from – Beechcraft Bonanza
Developed into – Fuji KM-2

Yakovlev Yak-50

Span:                31’ 2”

Length:             25’ 7”

Weight:             2006 lbs

Engine:             360 hp

Performance:   Cruise 168 mph

The Yakovlev Yak-50 (Russian: Яковлев Як-50) aerobatic aircraft is a single-seat all-metal low-wing monoplane with retractable main wheels and exposed tail wheel. The control surfaces are fabric-covered to save weight. The aircraft is not equipped with flaps.

The supercharged engine may be the Vedeneyev M14P (standard production line version), M14PF or M14R, producing between 360 and 450 hp and driving the propeller via a reduction gearbox. The landing gear, brakes and engine starter are operated by compressed air. Replenished by an engine-driven compressor, the main and emergency air bottles are contained within the forward fuselage between the firewall and fuel tanks.

Role – Trainer/aerobatic aircraft
Manufacturer – Yakovlev
First flight – 25 June 1975
Produced – 1975-1986
Number built – 314
Developed from – Yakovlev Yak-18
Variants – Yakovlev Yak-52

Yakovlev Yak-52

Span:                 30’ 6”

Length:             25’ 5”

Weight:             2,877 lbs

Engine:             360 hp

Performance:  140 mph

The Yakovlev Yak-52 (Russian: Яковлев Як-52) is a Soviet primary trainer aircraft which first flew in 1976. It was produced in Romania from 1977 to 1998 by Aerostar, as Iak-52, which gained manufacturing rights under agreement within the former COMECON socialist trade organisation. The Yak-52 was designed as an aerobatic trainer for students in the Soviet DOSAAF training organisation, which trained civilian sport pilots and military pilots. Currently the Yak-52 is used in the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Aerobatic Yak 52 Competition, a popular powered aircraft one-design World Aerobatic Championship.

Role – Two-seat trainer aircraft
Manufacturer – Yakovlev, Aerostar
First flight – 1976
Introduction – 1979
Status – Operational
Primary users – Soviet Air Force, DOSAAF
Produced – 1978–1998
Developed from – Yakovlev Yak-50

Nanchang Super CJ-6

Span:                 33’ 6”

Length:             27’ 9”

Weight:             3,086 lbs

Engine:             420 hp

Performance:  170 mph

The Nanchang CJ-6 (Chinese: 初教6) is a Chinese basic trainer aircraft designed and built by the Nanchang Aircraft Factory (now Hongdu Aviation) for use by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

The CJ-6 (Chu Jiao 初教 = Chuji Jiaolianji 初级教练机 = basic trainer aircraft) is an all-original Chinese design that is commonly mistaken for a Yak 18A. Its predecessor, the Nanchang CJ-5, was a licence-built version of the Yak-18. However, advancements in pilot training brought a need for a new aircraft with improved performance and a tricycle landing gear. When the Soviet Union developed the Yak-18A, PLAAF engineers decided that its performance and design would not suit China’s needs.

Role – Basic Trainer
Manufacturer – Nanchang Aircraft Factory (Hongdu)
First flight – August 27, 1958
Introduction – 1960
Status – Operational
Primary user – People’s Liberation Army Air Force
Produced – 1958-present
Number built – 2,000+