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Role VTOL fighter/bomber/reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Yakovlev
Status Project only

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)[]

General characteristics

  • 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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