Technical data
Type Yak-30
Function Fighter
Year 1948
Crew 1
Engines 1*1590kg RD-500
Length 8.86m
Wingspan 8.65m
Wing area 15.10m2
Empty weight 2415kg
Loaded weight 3305/3630 kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 220/242
Speed at 0m 930km/h
Speed at m 1025km/h
Landing Speed 166km/h
Landing Roll 610m
Takeoff Roll 510m
Turn time ?sec
Range 1000/1500 km
Ceiling 15000m
at 0m 41min/sec
5000m 2min36sec
10000m 6min36sec
Fuel 712/1012kg
Cannons 3*23mm NR-23 75rounds/gun

Yak-30, A.S.Yakovlev

36k b/w "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.327

Development of the Yak-25, single-seat fighter with swept wings (35°. Aircraft was equipped with pressurized cockpit, dropable pilot's seat with armored back, bullet-proof 57mm windshield. External fuel tanks accommodate extra 325l of fuel.

Yak-30 was flown first on September 4, 1948 (pilot S.N.Anokhin). Trials continued until December 16. In shallow dive speed reached M=0.935. Speed, climb rate and maneuverability were found excellent. But airfoil section was found to be not optimal, as well as ailerons balance. Moreover, RD-500 engine provided little room for upgrade, restricting Yak-30 capability to stay competitive with future designs.

32k b/w drawing from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.327

The Yak-30 competed with the MiG-15. Due to the latter success it didn't enter production.




  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.327-328;
  • Yak-19/Yak-30 at the Virtual Aircraft Museum
  • Yak-30, Yakovlev
  • Yakovlev aircraft by D.Levin
  • Defining The Jet

  • Created December 11, 1996
    Modified December 14, 1998;
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