Yak-23 Evaluation AircraftIn 1953, during the height of the Cold War, the United States Air Force clandestinely evaluated the Soviet Yakovlev Yak-23 single-seat, jet fighter. "NATO NAME: FLORA" documents the results of that evaluation. This once classified video program reveals details of early Soviet jet powered aircraft development in both innovative and reverse engineering. Considerable information is presented on the British derived RD-500 jet engine, the indigenous 23 mm cannon and the overall flight capability and handling characteristics of the Yak-23 as a weapon system.

The Yak-23 was a contemporary of the MiG-15 and was eventually replaced by the MiG. However, for several years in the early fifties, the Yak-23 continued to perform as the front line fighter of several nations in the Warsaw Pact. Although never used in combat, the Yak-23 did present a viable treat to US and European air forces.

"NATO NAME: FLORA" is a must for those interested in Cold War Soviet military aviation.


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