1952 Yakovlev - Yak 18
1,749 Hrs TTSN
Last flown 12/1975
Shvetsov M-11 FR
This Yak-18 is one less than 50 such aircraft produced in Hungary under Soviet license. The prototype aircraft was completed at the end of 1954, and full production was begun in early 1956. However, the Hungarian uprising in that same year led to the Soviets cancelling production in Hungary, and many of the aircraft were sent to other eastern block countries.
The aircraft was built at Sportárutermelő Vállalat (Factory of Sport Appliances) in Esztergom, a town just to the north of Budapest. It was the next to last aircraft in the first batch of 20 and carries the construction number EM 019 – “E” for Esztergom and “M” for motorized, as the factory was more known for gliders.
It is not known if the aircraft was used in Hungary. The majority of its operational career was with the Aeroklub Krakowski in Poland where it was registered as SP-APR. It is said to have accumulated 1,749 hours before being taken out of service in December 1975. The Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskeigo (Polish Aviation Museum) in Cracow acquired the aircraft next, and it was reported to have been stored while in the possession of the museum.
Yves Dumortier obtained the aircraft from the Polish museum in 1994 and stored it dismantled in Enghien, Belgium.