Yakovlev Yak-26

The Yakovlev Yak-26 was a tactical supersonic bomber version of the Soviet Yakovlev Yak-27 (NATO reporting name 'Flashlight') developed in 1956.

The Yak-26 was developed from the Yak-25, along with the Yak-27 family of interceptor fighter and reconnaissance aircraft. The main goal was to increase the speed to supersonic. Although it kept the Yak-25's layout, it had a more streamlined and longer fuselage with a glazed nose for a navigator/bombardier, replacing the Yak-25's radome, modified wings and stronger engines. The Nudelman N-37 cannon was replaced with four NR-23 23 mm weapons (two in the tail), and an internal weapons bay was added for 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) of bombs, including the nuclear bomb Tatyana. Additional bombs could be carried on underwing pylons.

Although flown at the Tushino air show on 24 June 1956, only ten were produced, and the type did not enter service.

Yakovlev Yak-26
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Yakovlev
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Russia (USSR) 1956
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Russia (USSR) View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Yakovlev 10 View

Role Bomber
Manufacturer Yakovlev
First flight 1956
Primary user Soviet Air Forces
Number built 10
Developed from Yakovlev Yak-25


General characteristics

  • Crew: two, pilot and bombardier
  • Length: 17.16 m (56 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.96 m (35 ft 11 in)
  • Height: m (ft)
  • Wing area: 29 m² (312 ft²)
  • Empty weight: kg (lb)
  • Loaded weight: 11,200 kg (24,684 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: kg (lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Tumansky RD-9F , 19.6 kN (4,400 lbf) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,200 km/h (750 mph)
  • Range: 2,200 km (1,375 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 16,000 m (52,480 ft)
  • Rate of climb: m/s (ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 386 kg/m² (79 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.36

Armament

  • 4 x 23 mm Nudelman NR-23 cannon with 1,200 rounds
  • Bombs in internal bay
  • Underwing hardpoints

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