Yakovlev Yak-52 - The Russian speedster
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As the standard Russian trainer aircraft for many years, the Yak-52 has been designed to handle all positive and negative G aerobatic maneuvers.

Raw Russian power

When your pilot puts the 'pedal to the metal', the powerful engine lets you know you're in one heck of a plane.

Silky smooth cruising

A popular choice for civilian aviation fans, race through the skies with the Yak-52 -powered by a 9 cylinder, 360hp, supercharged radial engine.

The Yak-52

Imagine this – you’re seated inside a Russian aircraft, tearing down a runway. You feel the overwhelming momentum of the plane and as you begin to ascend, feel the force push you further and further back into your seat. Join us for a high-energy experience in one of the worlds most responsive and agile aircrafts.

A classic Soviet primary trainer aircraft which first flew in 1976, the unrivalled Yak-52 was exclusively used in military environments for unrelenting aerobatic and combat training. Since the 1990’s and the fall of the Soviet Union, many Yak-52’s have been exported to the West. Of the approximately 1800 produced to date, most now fly in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

It has a cool maximum speed of 285km per hour, with a climb rate of 1,400ft per minute. This aircraft is a dream to fly – responsive and capable as an aerobatic aircraft. With a roll rate in excess of 120 degrees per second and an impressive vertical performance, the Yak-52 can complete advanced aerobatic maneuvers with masterful and effortless efficiency.

If you’re a thrill seeker with a taste for adrenaline, or if you’re after an introductory taste to gentle barrel rolls, the Yak-52 is for you.

Aircraft details

Video - Yak-52 diving over Moreton Bay

Happy customer testimonials

Client David

It always was my dream to be a fighter pilot. But THIS joy flight satisfied me! This was an excellent experience. All barrel rolls and G forces were preplanned prior to departure by the very professional pilot Steve. What a great experience. No head jerks, very smooth. Yes, there was aircon. And what a backdrop – Stradbroke island off Brisbane! OMG it was a dream come true for me! Heartily recommend this to anyone. Lovely scenery. The L39 Albatross is an agile and elegant jet plane!

Client Craig

50th birthday present, how good are the crew. Very professional they carry the passion in their hearts and give you so much confidence before the flight it feels like you have done it all before. Will be returning for a few more flights. Great stuff and thanks again.

Client April

Amazing !! The experience was a gift for my partner, he absolutely loved it!! Wonderful, friendly team of pilots and had the opportunity to meet one of the CEO’s who showed us around his very own Mustang. Highly recommend this unique and unforgettable experience ��

Client Dianne

I was given this opportunity as a birthday present and of every present or crazy things I have done, this was by far the most enjoyable experience of my life so far. The team were so professional and fastastic to deal with and made me feel so compfortable. You will not regret this one bit!!!!

Client Andrew

I was given a flight in an L39 Albatross jet fighter trainer for my 50th which I had today. What an experience! the whole experience was excellent and I would definately recommend this to anyone, it was amazing. The team at Fighter Pilot were great, and the pilot Cameron was excellent. We did all sorts of aerobatic manouvres that were fantastic.
Dont go anywhere other than Fighter Pilot if you want the best,


What a blast – another adventure off my bucket list. My father was a WW11 Spitfire fighter pilot and was awarded a DFC & Legion of Honour for his role in D Day. He has now passed and I have always wanted to experience a flight in a WW11 fighter. My first wish was a Spitfire and if not available a P51 Mustang.

John Classic warbird aficionado
Client Daniel

What an awesome experience in the back seat of Steadfast.. super helpful and friendly team and the flying experience was entirely out of this world. How many can say they have flown in a formation with and tail chased a Mustang while flying in a World Record holding Yakovlev.. simply beyond words!!!!! Real Bucket list stuff!

Daniel Happy customer
Client Graham

“Dream come true! Went out in the Mustang with super-pilot Cam and had the time of my life! Heaps of fantastic aeros and awesome views of Brisbane and Moreton Bay. It was an awesome experience being inverted in a barrel roll and a loop. This is truly a bucket list experience that I have just put a massive tick beside!”

Graham Loving the rush
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