Yakovlev Yak-28


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Yakovlev Yak-28

Possessing no more than a configurational similarity to preceding twin-engined Yakovlev combat aircraft, the Yak-129 multi-role aircraft was first flown on 5 March 1958 in tactical attack bomber form. Powered by two Tumansky R-11AF-300 turbojets each rated at 5750kg with afterburning and 3880kg maximum military power, the Yak-129 had a shoulder-mounted wing swept back 63ー inboard of the engine nacelles and 44ー outboard. Although of zero-track arrangement as on the Yak-25 and -27, the undercarriage of the Yak-129 consisted of long-base twin-wheel units sharing aircraft weight almost equally.

Yakovlev Yak-28

Assigned the service designation Yak-28, the first series version of the aircraft was the Yak-28B with an RBR-3 radar bombing system. This was followed by the Yak-28I and -28L tactical attack aircraft, differing in avionic equipment, which were joined under test during 1960 by the Yak-28P dedicated all-weather interceptor fighter. This featured tandem cockpits for the two crew members and was intended for low- and medium-altitude operation with an Orel-D radar and one beam-riding and one radar-homing R-30 (K-8M) AAM. The Yak-28P entered IA-PVO service during the winter of 1961-62.

Progressive upgrading resulted in R-11AF-2-300 engines uprated to 3950kg and 6120kg with afterburning, and enclosed by forward-lengthened nacelles, a longer, sharply-pointed radome housing an upgraded radar and affording lower supersonic drag and reduced erosion, and an additional stores station beneath each wing permitting two short-range dogfight IR missiles to be carried. With all these changes incorporated the designation was changed to Yak-28PM. With further upgrading, the fighter was evaluated as the Yak-28PD, but this suffered high-speed aileron reversal during trials, and by the time that this problem had been overcome production of the Yak-28P was phasing out, terminating in 1967 with limited production of the Yak-28PP electronic warfare version. Production of the fighter totalled 437 aircraft.

Yakovlev Yak-28A three-view drawing (1677 x 1223)

  Take-off weight15700 kg34613 lb
  Wingspan11.64 m38 ft 2 in
  Length20.65 m68 ft 9 in
  Max. speed1890 km/h1174 mph
  Ceiling16000 m52500 ft
  Range2630 km1634 miles

Yakovlev Yak-28

Richard, e-mail, 23.04.2020 15:04

To make any comparison to the ME 262 one may need to have their eyes checked or at least change their specs


Gav, e-mail, 23.10.2015 16:27

To call it a 262 copy. Is like saying the spitfire is a copy of a Bleriot. Because they are both monoplanes with a propeller!


Klaatu83, e-mail, 06.10.2015 18:44

The Yak-28 was the ultimate development of the family of twin-jet Yak combat aircraft that began with the Yak-25. As was the case with the Yak-25, the Yak-28 was developed into a number of different versions, configured as long-range interceptor, photo-reconnaissance and tactical bomber.


kenneth, e-mail, 30.06.2015 02:36

it was a totally independent design sharing NOTHING with the me 262 other than 2 engines. and marked the genius of Yakolev


arwen romel hanna, e-mail, 24.10.2013 16:04

nice work


planenerd, 18.02.2013 01:01

Yeah m.n., it looks just like a copy of an Me-262. Brilliant comment...


woopy, e-mail, 19.09.2012 21:48


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hans2603, e-mail, 14.06.2011 22:45

sieh dir eine Me 262 mal genau an , vergleiche beide miteimander und wirst merken was du fr einen bldsinn gefragt hast.


m.n., 18.05.2011 23:53

copiers. is it not a modified me 262?


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