Seven Yak-52s are registered in the Netherlands of which 5 are regularly flying with the Dutch Thunder Yaks Display Team. For the past years also a Sukhoi 29 has been flying with the Display Team.
The Yakovlev Yak-52 was built under license by various factories in the former USSR countries. Our Yaks are built at Aerostar S.A. in Romania. The Yak-52 was designed as a basic trainer in the Soviet Union. There they flew with the DOSAAF, a paramilitary organization in the Soviet era where one could learn to fly at a young age. In fact, this was a pre-selection for the Russian air force and most air force pilots started their career on the Yak-52. The airplane is designed as a two-seat tandem with the instructor sitting behind the pupil. The default colors in the DOSAAF - white with red - have been replaced during the sale to new western owners by an exuberant or more 'warbird' color scheme.
Original the Yak-52 is equipped with a large powerful Vedeneyev M14P nine cylinder radial engine and a Russian V530T-D35 propeller. This propeller has two large wide blades and is therefore also called 'paddle'. The airplane is capable for load factors from +7 to -5 G.
More about the Yak-52 history.