Pilot Report by Mike Gantt
The first time I viewed a Yak and a Sukhoi, I knew that they were obviously something special. Most pilots I’ve come across have had Yak-54s in the pits, on the flightline, or in the air. That’s cool and all, but a championship RC pilot Gernot Bruckman, really caught my eye when I saw him brilliantly flying a model Yak-55. This rarely modeled Yak-55M made by ElectriFly is superb in all facets. Rounded wingtips, a rounded rudder, and certainly the trademark rounded fuselage are not only eye candy, but they’re also in addition to an abundance of coolness that comes with this model airplane. With a nearly 51-inch wingspan, this model 55 includes aluminum landing gear, a fiberglass cowl, wheel spats, a huge canopy, carbon-fiber wing tube, removable wings, a good-quality hardware pack, and precut decal sheet. The instruction manual is easy to digest and when followed, affords almost anyone the ability to build the plane. If you’ve mastered a low-wing plane, you are ready for some incredible flights. Beginners should get help from an experienced pilot as this airplane is designed for extreme aerobatics.
Name of plane: Yak-55M
Distributor: Electrifly (electrifly.com)
Type: EP Aerobat
Length: 47 in.
Wingspan: 51 in.
Wing area: 508 sq. in.
Weight: 57 oz. (58 oz. w/ pilot figure)
Wing loading: 16.16 oz. sq./ft.
Motor req’d: .32-size brushless outrunner
Radio req’d: 4+ channel, computer preferred
> Gorgeous model subject
> Quick building
> Excellent flyer
> AUW at the lighter end of spec
FOR THE COMPLETE REVIEW, SEE THE JULY ISSUE OF ELECTRIC FLIGHT, ON SALE NOW!