Technical data
Type Yak-200 Yak-210
Function Bomber trainers
Year 1953
Crew 3 4
Engines 2*700hp ASh-21
Length 12.95m 12.95m
Wingspan 17.46m 17.46m
Wing area 36m2 26m2
Empty weight 3910kg 4542kg
Loaded weight 4715kg 5422kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 126 151
Power load (kg/hp) 3.24 3.87
Maximum Speed 400km/h close
Landing Speed 130km/h close
Landing Roll 430m close
Takeoff Roll 360m close
Range 1280km close
Ceiling 7160m close
Fuel 760l
Bombs - 300kg

Yak-200 and Yak-210, A.S.Yakovlev

40k Yak-200 'pilot trainer' photo b/w from 'Krylia Rodiny' Vol.2,1988

In late 40's introduction of jet-bomber Il-28 specialized trainer aircraft became a necessity. A.S.Yakovlev OKB was charged with the project. Aircraft had to be much cheaper than the jet bomber, but have same cockpits layout and instrumentation, similar handling, performance (low-speed, of course) and even appearance.

Two variants of trainer were built - for pilots (Yak-200) and bombers/navigators (Yak-210) practice. Yak-200 had side-by-side seated pilot and instructor, while Yak-210 had side-by-side arrangement for instructor in glazed nose. Yak-210 also carried a bomb-aiming radar PSBN-M, installed in the radio-transparent fairing under the fuselage right aft the wing and AFA-BA-40 photocamera. It could carry 6 bombs on underwing hardpoints.

Both variants were equipped for all-weather operations: radio stations RSIU-3, RSB-5, radiocompass ARK-5, radio-altimeters RV-2 (low altitude) and RV-10 (high altitude), friend/foe ID system, marker receiver and intercom.

33k Yak-210 'bomber trainer' photo b/w from 'Krylia Rodiny' Vol.2,1988

Yak-200 and Yak-210 carried some similarities to Yak-16 (wing and tail units) had identical all-metal construction with fabric skin on tail controls, ailerons and (partially) flaps. Pneumatic system was used to operate landing gear, wheel brakes and flaps. Engines were installed in underwing nacells, practically identical to nose section of the Yak-11 trainer. Oil coolers were installed inside the wing, as well as fuel tanks.

Trials started in 1953: Yak-200 in March, Yak-210 in July. Yak-210 was heavier, but performance of both was practically identical and in perfect agreement with requirements. Flight tests revealed serious handling and stability problems. Yak-200 was found statically unstable on some flight regimes. In case of one engine failure, aircraft had a trend to slide with serious risk of spin.

It was obvious that there is no quick cure by introducing of minor changes. Taking into account that trainer version of the Il-28 entered production, development of Yak-200/210 was cancelled.




  • Yak-200, Yak-210 by V.Petrov, 'Krylia Rodiny' Vol.2,1988
  • "Russian aircraft since 1940" by Jean Alexander, p.456...457;
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