|Role||VTOL fighter/bomber/reconnaissance aircraft|
The Yakovlev Yak-33 was a vertical take-off and landing supersonic multi-purpose aircraft family, studied in the early 1960s, with variants of a basic design used to fulfill different roles, in a similar fashion to the Yak-25, Yak-27, Yak-28 family.
Several configurations were studied including canard and tailless deltas, however matching supersonic performance with VTOL ability seriously compromised the designs ability to carry out its primary missions.
Specifications (as designed)
- Crew: two
- Length: approx. 27 m ()
- Wingspan: approx. 11 m ()
- Height: ()
- Powerplant: 2 × Kolesov RD36-41 afterburning vectoring thrust turbojets, 7,000 kgf dry, 16,000 kgf wet + 6 to 8 lift engines (3,000 kgf) (15,432 lbf, 35,274 lbf (6,614 lbf)) each
- Maximum speed: Mach 3
- Cruise speed: Mach 2
- Gordon, Yefim (2005). OKB Yakovlev: A History of the Design Bureau and its Aircraft. Hinkley: Midland.
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