Yakovlev Yak-54 Russian Thunder

@ San Carlos, CA

May 2018

The finale of The Biggest Little Air Show, put on by the Hiller Aviation Museum, was an aerobatic performance by local airshow performer Rich Perkins in his Yak-54 “Russian Thunder”.  Rich, a retired USAF Lt. Colonel, is a former U-2 pilot that performs in a variety of aircraft and certainly knows how to wring the most from the Yak-54. First flown in 1993, this is one of only two Yak-54s operating in the United States.  The Yak-54 is a development of the world aerobatic champion single-seat Yak-55M.  Nikon D7100 w/18-200mm.