The Global Stars YAK 50 aerobatic formation team displayed in Ansan, Korea – May 2011

Mark Jefferies team, “The Global Stars” fly the YAK 50 for an aerobatic formation team display in Ansan, Korea.

The Global Stars YAK 50 aerobatic formation team displayed in Ansan, KoreaThe Global Stars YAK 50 formation team displayed for the first time in Ansan, Korea on the 5th – 10th May 2011. Today the team is lead by Rolandas Paksas former Prime Minister and President of Lithuania with fellow countrymen Robertas Noreika and Algimantas Zentelis wing men and Mark Jefferies flying box. Antanas Marciukaitis chief engineer and test pilot. (update March 2018, Rolandas, Robertas, Algimantas and Antanas have now formed Team ANBO) 438,000 people visited the show over 6 days. 

The Yakovlev Yak-50 (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. The Yak-50 had exceptionally fine handling characteristics enhanced by a relatively high power to weight ratio. It has a tough and agile airframe – the type was twice World Aerobatic Champion. It was used as a military trainer by several countries.

General characteristics
Crew: one, pilot
Length: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
Height: 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
Wing area: 15.0 m² (161.5 ft²)
Airfoil: Clark YH
Empty weight: 750 kg (1653 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 910 kg (2006 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Vedeneyev M-14P, M-14PF or M-14R 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 269/298/336 kW (360/400/450 hp)

Never exceed speed: 450 km/h VNE (243 knots, 280 mph)
Maximum speed: 400 km/h VA (216 knots, 249 mph)
Cruise speed: 270 km/h VNO (146 knots, 168 mph)
Stall speed: 100 km/h (54 knots, 62 mph)
Range: 500 km (270 nm, 308 mi)
Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,123 ft)
Rate of climb: 11.3 m/s sustained, 16.0 m/s initial (2,224 ft/min sustained, 3,145 ft/min initial)
Wing loading: 60.7 kg/m² (12.43 lb/ft²)
Power/mass: 0.295 kW/kg (0.179 hp/lb)
G-loads: +9; -6 G dependent on tankage and smoke oil installation
Take-off roll: 100 m (328 ft)
Landing roll: 250 m (820 ft)
Take-off speed: 130 km/h (81 mph, 70 kt)
Landing speed: 110 km/h (68 mph, 59 kt)

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