posted on Dec, 10 2002 @ 04:27 AM
An interesting aircraft (don't you think it resembles an F-22?) and another milestone on the road to the collapse of Russia's military.
The Freestyle was the Yak-41 and that name and Yak-141 appear to be almost interchangeable ( the prototypes were definitely -41 and -141 may reflect
a new development approach to the old airframe.)
One of the prototypes crashed and the other was long ago mothballed (money). It set some remarkable VTOL records in 1991 but little known since.
It was going to be among the various aircraft the Russians tried adapting to carrier service; but with the navy in ruins -not much mileage there.
Not that the avrious "modified" aircraft were much good: it's pretty well known that the first time the modified Mig-29K tried an arrester-hook
landing, the plane broke in two!
It's been reported in the aviation press that they're thinking of re-jigging it for an Army/Air Force role but I suspect it's another dead duck,