Country of Origin CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).
Similar Aircraft AV-8B Harrier II, Super Etendard, Fantan A, Mirage F1.
Crew One; Forger B–two.
Role VSTOL, fighter, strike, attack.
Armament Cannon, bombs, rockets, missiles.
Dimensions Length: 52 ft, 6 in (16 m). Span: 24 ft, 7 in (7.5 m).

Yak-38 Forger WEFT Description

Wings Mid-mounted, delta-shaped with blunt tips and a negative slant.
Engine(s) One turbo and two lift jets. Two exhausts on the bottom of the rear fuselage. Large, semicircular air intakes below the cockpit well forward of the wings.
Fuselage Long with pointed nose and tapered tail section. Bubble canopy.
Tail Swept-back and tapered tail fin with square angular tip and a small step in the leading edge. Flats are mid-mounted on the body, swept-back, and tapered with a negative slant.

Countries which Fly the Yak-38 Forger

CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).

Books on the Yak-38 Forger

OKB Yakovlev: A History Of The Design Bureau And Its Aircraft
OKB Yakovlev: A History Of The Design Bureau And Its Aircraft

The Yakovlev design bureau started life in 1927 when Aleksandr Sergeyevich Yakovlev (1894-1977) brought out his first aircraft, the two-seat AIR-I. The first nine designs created by Yakovlev remained in prototype form, being developed largely at his own initiative. In 1935, however, his fortune changed when the UT-2 primary trainer entered large-scale production. In the immediate pre-war years and during World War II, the Yakovlev OKB proved quite versatile, developing such varied aircraft as the Yak-4 light bomber of 1939, the Yak-6 light transport, and the Yak-1 fighter of 1940. The latter was the progenitor of a highly successful series of fighters including the Yak-7, Yak-9, and Yak-3. After the war, diversity continued. For a while, fighters were still strongly on the agenda; the Yak-15 first flew on 24 April 1946, the same day as the MiG-9, and eveolved into the Yak-17 and Yak-23 featuring the same ‘pod-and-boom’ layout. The twin-engined Yak-25 interceptor was brought out in 1952, again becoming the first in a line of twinjet tactical aircraft – mostly bombers and reconnaissance aircraft. Civil aircraft development also continued on a large scale, the OKB developing such successful aircraft as the Yak-18 trainder/aerobatic aircraft family, the Yak-40 feederliner (1966) and the Yak-42 short/medium-haul airliner (1974). The company even tried its hand at helicopters; the tandem-rotor Yak -24 was brought out in 1952, entering small-scale production in 1955. Though overshadowed as a ‘fighter-maker by Mikoyan and Sukhoi, the Yakovlev OKB did not give up. The Yak-38 VTOL attack aircraft first flew in 1970, entering service with the Soviet Navy in 1976. A major success was achieved in 2002 when the Yak-130, the company’s latest trainer, was selected by the Russian Air Force.

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