STATUS: Retired, Out-of-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Yakovlev - USSR
LENGTH: 51.41 feet (15.67 meters)
WIDTH: 36.09 feet (11 meters)
HEIGHT: 14.17 feet (4.32 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 16,094 pounds (7,300 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 21,826 pounds (9,900 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Tumansky RD-9 turbojet engines developing 5,798 lb of thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 631 miles-per-hour (1,015 kilometers-per-hour; 548 knots)
RANGE: 1,243 miles (2,000 kilometers; 1,080 nautical miles)
CEILING: 45,932 feet (14,000 meters; 8.70 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 9,800 feet-per-minute (2,987 meters-per-minute)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Yakovlev Yak-25 (Flashlight / Mandrake) Twin-Seat, Twin-Engine Fighter Aircraft.
Entry last updated on 3/18/2019.
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The Yak-25 (NATO codename of "Flashlight") was yet another jet fighter design introduced by the Soviets during the early decades of the Cold War. The system was designed to patrol the vast northern-most portions of the Soviet territories from NATO and American high-level reconnaissance aircraft. Not built as a direct dogfighter (the system was limited to a 2 x 37mm cannon configuration), it served more as a mobile watchtower, complete with impressive endurance. The system would go on to be seen in fighter, reconnaissance and high-level reconnaissance platforms i its production span.
The name of the game with the Yak-25 was loiter time and the chance to utilize the powerful nose-mounted Sokol radar. That radar system itself was a large assembled piece of technology, so much so that the nose cone identifiably appeared elongated and enlarged. Engines were mounted underneath the midwing monoplane design and swept back at 45 degrees. A single vertical stabilizer element was fitted at rear and held the two smaller elevator components. The twin cannon array rested underneath and forward on the fuselage.
The Yak-25 Flashlight was crewed by two personnel and would become the Soviet Union's first radar-equipped jet fighter with all-weather capability. Service for the production line of the Yak-25 would go until 1964, when the entire line would be removed from service supplanted by a new generation of jet-powered designs. The Yak-25 spawned a high-altitude dedicated reconnaissance platform in the form of the Yah-25RV "Mandrake" and another reconnaissance variant in the form of the Yak-26 "Mangrove".
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This entry's maximum listed speed (631mph).
Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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