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Yakolev Yak-36 by GeneralTate Yakolev Yak-36 by GeneralTate
The Yakovlev Yak-36, also known as Izdeliye V, (NATO reporting name 'Freehand') was a Soviet technology demonstrator for a VTOL combat aircraft.

From 1960, the Yakovlev Design Bureau began work on a VTOL system, using the compact and lightweight Tumansky RU-19-300 turbojet engine, drafting a proposal for the Yak-104, a converted Yak-30 jet trainer with two vertically mounted Ru-19 engines between the inlet ducts of the standard Yak-30 powerplant. Work on the Yak-104 was terminated in favour of an aircraft with a single lift/cruise engine with rotating nozzles, similar to the Hawker Siddeley P.1127, which was nearing completion in England. Unable to find a suitable engine or convince the government to order the development of one the Yakovlev bureau was forced to follow a different course.
In response to a contract for the development of a single seat V/STOL fighter in 1961, Yakovlev proposed a twin engined aircraft with a large nose intake, engines in the forward fuselage and swivelling exhaust nozzles, one for each engine either side of the lower fuselage near the centre of gravity of the aircraft. The fighter version was not proceeded with but four technology demonstrators, (initially designated Izeliye V) based on the fighter studies were ordered.
Four prototypes were completed, one of which was used only for static testing. The second was used for takeoff and landing tests, including free hovering. The third incorporated improvements found in testing, including an improved autopilot which automatically selected optimal air flow for hover stability. This prototype crashed, but was later rebuilt. The fourth prototype crashed in February 1971 and was not rebuilt.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Thanks for sharing this shot here of this very weird, but somehow cool aircraft. I have always thought it was an ugly, yet very interesting an aircraft.
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HerNameIsDren Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
She needs to go on a diet :-)
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Big time
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
interesting picture.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea I thought so
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the shape of this plane, it's really a strange thing at the limit of a caricature ^^
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea it's a Mutation of thing that's for sure.
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