Eldwick Gala 2010 Aerobatic Display

For well over 10 years the Gala has organsied a fly past or aerobatic display from a Spitfire which has become an annual event looked forward to by many people.  In recent years the aircraft has been one of those owned by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

During the run up to the 2010 Gala the BBMF decided to change the process by which you request the aircraft display.  This change caused us to miss out a slot for our normal aerial treat.  It was decided to organise a different aerobatic display as a substite.  The pilot was intended to be Chris Penistone but due to a tragic accident which resulted in Chris having a fatal crash a few weeks before the Gala we had to quickly find an alternative. 

Simon Ducker who owned a YAK 52 based at Breighton near Selby stepped into the breach. 


The Yakovlev Yak-52 is a Soviet primary trainer aircraft which first flew in 1976. It is still being produced in Romania by Aerostar. The Yak-52 was designed originally as an aerobatic trainer for students in the Soviet DOSAAF training organisation, which trained both civilian sport pilots and military pilots.  Since the early 1990s and the fall of the Soviet Union, many Yak 52s have been exported to the west. Of the approximately 1,800 produced to date, most now fly in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and other western countries.

A descendant of the single-seat competition aerobatic Yakovlev Yak-50, the all-metal Yak-52 is powered by a 268 kW (360 hp) Vedeneyev M14P 9-cylinder radial engine. The aircraft has inverted fuel and oil systems permitting inverted flight for as long as two minutes. The engine drives a two-bladed counter-clockwise rotating, variable pitch, wood and fiberglass laminate propeller. At 998 kg (2,200 lb) empty weight, the Yak-52 is responsive and very capable as an aerobatic aircraft. Yet it is also easy to fly and land.

These photographs, taken by Bill Faulding show the display.  The display was a welcome change to the normal Spitfire event.


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