Yakovlev Yak-18 Max

in North Korean Air Force service

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 12
Total Still Active: n/a
Total Now Stored: n/a
Service Entry: 1952
Retirement: n/a
Main Role: Trainer
Origin: Russia


About a dozen Yak-18s were supplied during the Korean War. Although designed as a primary flight training aircraft, the Yak-18 was operated for night bombing missions, beginning in December 1952. Two were shot down on 30 June 1953, and another on 16 July, all by Lt Guy Bordelon. It is presumed that the Yak-18 remained in service as the DPRKAF primary flight trainer until the arrival of the first Nanchang CJ-6.

One Yak-18 was flown to South Korea in June 1955 by defectors Lee Un-yong and Lee Eun-seong, and subsequently shipped to USA for evaluation purposes. The Yak-18 was assigned to the Air Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) and Wright-Patterson Flight Test Division in October 1955, being designated as the T-10G, carrying the serial number 47-715. No less than 110 flight hours were accumulated, but on 26 June 1957, the Yak-18 was grounded. The fabric covering did not pass the specifications of T.O. 1-1-25. As a result, the USAF Museum received the Yak-18, which was transferred to the National Air & Space Museum on 8 June 1960. It is said that this particular Yak-18 was used in a ‘Bedcheck Charlie’ raid against Inchon on 16/17 June 1953. This aircraft still exists, being preserved – albeit in storage – by the National Air & Space Museum.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes


None available at present.

More Information


  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

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