Yakovlevs

The Yakovlevs¬†(Chinese: Weico Yak Display Team) are a British civilian aerobatic team based at Henstridge Airfield. The team have a fleet of nine Yak-50s and Yak-52s, although they typically display with two, four or six. Many team members previously flew for the now-defunct Aerostars UK Aerobatic Team. Most of the team’s displays are in the UK, China and India, and to date, the only six-ship displays have been performed at the Zhengzhou Airshow in China in 2017 and 2018. The display consists of formation aerobatics and several bomb bursts. Since 2018, the team have also been capable of skytyping, which was legalised in the UK in spring 2020.

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