Here’s an interesting new aircraft to try out this weekend. Nemeth Designs, who brought us the Aerolite 103 late last year, have released today their virtual version of the Yakovlev Yak-18T for Flight Simulator, a Russian airplane that was mainly used to train Aeroflot pilots.
While the Yakovlev Yak-18T was introduced in 1967 as a training airplane, it went on to become a relatively popular choice as a sports airplane with some aerobatic capabilities, even outside the USSR. The powerful Vedeneyev M14P radial engine gives the Yak-18T some considerable performance, which greatly exceeded some similar-sized western counterparts such as the Cessna 172 or the Piper PA-28.
The Yak-18T is a versatile machine, capable to withstand considerable G-forces and able to land on unpaved surfaces, certainly helped by its powerful engine which even allowed for some short field takeoffs and landings.
Nemeth Designs is now releasing its depiction of this soviet-era airplane, featuring high-definition textures and the promise of authentic flight characteristics. Particularly cool is the cockpit, with a clear roof that allows good visibility all around. Overall, it looks quite nice!
The developers have implemented rain and icing effects on both the cockpit’s glass and the exterior airframe, an appropriate feature for an aircraft coming from Russia. Also included is a good choice between 13 liveries, and a paint kit is also available for the more creative ones.
The Yakovlev Yak-18T from Nemeth Design is now available from the developer’s website. Price: $19.49.