By Piotr Butowski, John Fricker
For an extended whereas, speak of vertical take-off and touchdown jet opponents intended in basic terms the world-beating Harrier. Then the Russian Yakovlev layout bureau introduced it was once bringing its supersonic VTOL fighter, the Yak-141 Freestyle to the Farnborough air convey in 1992. in the end the rumours and scepticism, the area knew that Russian expertise was once a specific thing to ask yourself at. Yakovlev has been within the VTOL enterprise because the early Nineteen Sixties once they flew the experimental Yak-36 Freehand prototype. This used to be by way of the Yak-38 Forger which shocked the realm by way of being deployed at the Soviet service Kiev from 1975. the tale of Russias programme to accomplish a supersonic VTOL jet fighter can now be informed, from the earliest experiments via to the remarkable Freehand and directly to the contract among Yakovlev and Lockheed Martin to aid produce JAST, the United Statess subsequent iteration tactical fighter. utilizing fabric by no means prior to noticeable within the West, this e-book tells the tale of a programme that has to an volume, till lately, been shrouded in secrecy.