The Yak-28 is a streamlined, swept-wing bomber with large engines under the wing.
Despite similarity in appearance with Yak-25, Yak-26, Yak-27 family it was a completely new design. First introduced to the West at Tushino airshow (in three modifications), aircraft was identified as a fighter and got designation 'Flashlight'.
Once NATO expert figured out that it comes into service as a bomber, the nickname was changed to 'Brewer'. Later all-weather interceptor version was named 'Firebar'... First bomber version ('Brewer-A') did not enter mass production. Few batches of 'Brewer-B' revealed insufficient room for navigator-operator, and following mass series of 'Brewer-C' had longer nose section and longer engine inlet ducts.
Some remained in service until recently, mainly as electronic warfare aircraft.
Yak-28U 'Maestro' is a trainer.
Retired in 1992 (?).
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