is more than 80 years old
Yakovlev’s history dates back to more than 80 years and has its roots in the enterprises that stood at the origins of aviation in our country: Experimental Design Bureau named in honor of A. Yakovlev and Irkutsk Aviation Plant. Over the years, we have grown accustomed to being pioneer aviators, as we have been developing and producing the world's best and unique airplanes, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, and even amphibious aircraft.
April 1, 1906
Birth of Alexander Yakovlev, the founder and first head of the Experimental Design Bureau, which has been named after him since 1990
September 15, 1924
A. Yakovlev started as a designer with the flight of his first designed aircraft - the AVF-10 training glider, which was awarded a prize and a diploma as «one of the best transition trainer aircraft.»
May 12, 1927
Pilot Yulian Piontkovsky performed the maiden flight of Alexander Yakovlev’s AIR-1 aircraft. This date is considered as the birth date of the Experimental Design Bureau.
March 28, 1932
Order No. 181 of the People's Commissariat of Heavy Industry Main Directorate on construction of plant No. 125 near Irkutsk.
Tests of AIR-6 2-3-seater commenced. That was the first large-scale production of aircraft designed by the Experimental Design Bureau (1932-1936, 128 items).
January 15, 1934
A. Yakovlev’s Light Aviation Group was transferred from Osoaviakhim (the Society for the Assistance of Defense, Aircraft and Chemical Construction) to the jurisdiction of the state aircraft industry. Alexander was appointed chief designer and director of the plant.
August 18, 1934
Signing of the construction completion certificate for Irkutsk Plant No. 125. This date is considered to be the birth date of Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
February 16, 1935
Maiden flight of the I-14 serial fighter, built at Plant No. 125.
July 11, 1935
Maiden flight of AIR-10 aircraft, which received the serial title of UT-2. This is the first domestically produced primary training aircraft, a monoplane. Mass production in 1938-1948 (7,323 items). One of the main domestically produced training aircraft during and post-WWII.
Plant No. 125 began series production of ANT-40 rapid bombers.
February 23, 1939
Maiden flight of Aircraft No. 22, the first combat aircraft of the A. Yakovlev Experimental Design Bureau. It was mass-produced as Yak-2 bomber and its upgraded version, Yak-4 (1940-1941, 201 item).
January 11, 1940
While remaining the chief designer of the Experimental Design Bureau, Alexander Yakovlev was appointed Deputy People's Commissar of Aircraft Industry for New Aircraft Development Programs. Since January 15,1946 he has been the First Deputy People's Commissar (since March 15,1946 he has been the First Deputy Minister). On July 9, 1946 he was removed from office at his own request.
January 13, 1940
Maiden flight of I-26 Fighter, which received the name of Yak-1 when its series production started. This is the first fighter developed by A. Yakovlev Experimental Design Bureau, and one of the best aircraft of the first period of the Great Patriotic War. Yak-1 participated in battles from the first days to the last days of the war. It became the ancestral aircraft for a whole family of fighters (Yak- 3, Yak-7, Yak-9), which made up as much as 2/3 of the number of the Soviet fighters during the war. During 1941-1945, 35,086 Yak piston fighters were manufactured.
December 8, 1941
Plant No. 125 began to supply the Soviet Red Army Air Force with Pe-2 dive bombers.
December 8, 1941
The Aviation Plant in Irkutsk was named Plant No. 39.
Mass production of Il-4 and Yer-2 long-range bombers started at Plant No. 39.
July 10, 1945
The first flight of Yak-11, a large volume produced fighter trainer. During 1946-1956, 4,166 aircraft were manufactured in the USSR and Czechoslovakia.
Mass production of Tu-2 front-line bombers began at plant No. 39.
April 24, 1946
Maiden flight of Yak-15, the first Soviet jet aircraft to enter into service. During 1946-1949, 710 of Yak-15 aircraft and its variant Yak-17UTI were built.
May 6, 1946
The first flight of Yak-18, which replaced the UT-2 aircraft as the primary training aircraft in the Air Force and flying clubs. During 1947-1961, a total of 6,284 Yak-18 family aircraft were built in Russia and China.
Start of mass production of Tu-14 and Il-28 jet bombers at Plant No. 39.
June 19, 1952
Maiden flight of Yak-25, the first domestically produced serial all-weather fighter-interceptor. During 1954-1957 a total of 483 aircraft were built.
July 3, 1952
Maiden flight of Yak-24, the first Soviet tandem helicopter and the world largest helicopter at that time. About 40 helicopters were built.
Reconstruction of Plant No. 39, commencement<br>of An-12 military transport aircraft production.
March 5, 1958
Maiden flight of Yak-28, the first Soviet supersonic bomber to enter mass production and supplied to the Air Force. Mass production started in 1960 at Irkutsk Aviation Plant No. 39, a total of 1,140 items were produced. The aircraft served for over 25 years.
July 2, 1960
Yak-30, the first domestically produced training jet, took off for the first time.
February 15, 1963
Plant No. 39 was given the name of "Irkutsk Machine-Building Plant".
October 21, 1966
Maiden flight of Yak-40, the world's first regional jet liner. The first and only Soviet aircraft certified according to Western airworthiness standards and sold to countries with developed aviation industry: Italy and Germany. During 1966-1957, a total of 1,010 Yak-40 aircraft were built. 132 aircraft were exported to 20 countries. In 1972, creators of the aircraft were awarded the Lenin Prize.
Series production of An-24T transport aircraft began at the Irkutsk Machine-Building Plant.
September 22, 1970
The first flight (free hovering) of the Yak-38 light airborne vertical take-off and landing attack vehicle. This is Yak-38, the first Soviet vertical take-off and landing combat aircraft and the world's first carrier-based aircraft of the type. During 1973-1988 a total of 236 aircraft were built.
Start of production at the Irkutsk Machine-Building Plant of MiG-23UB combat trainers and MiG-27 fighter-bombers.
August 8, 1974
Maiden flight of Yak-52 primary training aircraft, the successor of Yak-18. The aircraft series production was arranged in Romania, since 1977 over 1,870 aircraft were built.
March 6, 1975
Maiden flight of Yak-42, a 120-seat jet passenger aircraft for short-range and local routes. It was the most cost-efficient Soviet airliner for short-range transportation. In 1981, the aircraft was awarded the State Prize. During 1976-2004 a total of 181 aircraft were built.
May 14, 1975
The Irkutsk Machine-Building Plant was given the name of "Irkutsk Aviation Plant".
April 26, 1986
Maiden flight of the “Bee” unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by A. Yakovlev Experimental Design Bureau. It was put into military service on June 16, 1997, and became the first domestically produced UAV used in combat conditions.
September 10, 1986
Maiden flight of Su-27UB fighter manufactured at Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
March 9, 1987
Maiden flight of Yak-41 (Yak-141), the then world's only supersonic vertical take-off and landing aircraft.
April 14, 1992
Maiden flight of the serial Su-30 fighter-interceptor manufactured at Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
April 25, 1996
Maiden flight of Yak-130 next-generation jet trainer.
September 24, 1998
The first flight of the Be-200 amphibious aircraft, built at Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
Creation of JSC «Sukhoi Civil Aircraft» (JSC «GSS»).
Establishment of Scientific and Production Corporation Irkut at the premises of Irkutsk Aviation Plant’s Moscow office. Irkutsk Aviation Plant became the branch and processing center of the Corporation; corporate center (headquarters) opened in Moscow.
A. Yakovlev Experimental Design Bureau merged with Irkut Corporation.
Contract signed with Airbus to produce components for Airbus A320 family aircraft at Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
Opening of the Production Center of JSC «GSS» in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
Irkut Corporation joined the United Aircraft Corporation.
Irkut Corporation has become the main executor of the program for the creation of a short-medium-range aircraft of the new generation MS-21.
The first flight of the SSJ-100.
A. Yakovlev Engineering Center was established on the basis of A. Yakovlev Experimental Design Bureau as part of Irkut Corporation.
The first flight of the Yak-152 training aircraft.
May 28, 2017
Maiden flight of the new МС-21 short-medium-range airliner.
Regional Aircraft Branch of Irkut Corporation leading design work and serial production under the SSJ-100 project was formed as part of consolidation of the main scientific and production facilities of the commercial aircraft industry. UAC Integration Center and JSC AeroComposite also became affiliates of Irkut Corporation.
Delivery of the 200th SSJ-100 aircraft.
Maiden flight of the SSJ-NEW import-substituted regional aircraft.
Paying tribute to history and traditions, Irkut Corporation presented its new brand and company name: Yakovlev