The story of the Yak-28

JAK-28 planes abandoned by Soviet forces and their rare radars.

Yak-28 aircraft and their rare radars left behind by the Soviet forces.

During the early 1990s the Soviet forces withdrawing from Pärnu aerodrome left behind two completely intact but fuel-depleted Yak-28 aircraft. Soviet officers forbade their soldiers from tearing the planes apart, but unfortunately the locals stripped them instead. Local aficionados contacted the Aviation Museum, sending them photos of what remained of an aircraft, which nature was already reclaiming. The Aviation Museum managed to obtain the Yak-28 and, with support from Enterprise Estonia, engineers from Estonian Air restored it in 2009 so as to put it on display. It is remarkable that of the few surviving technical components of the aircraft, one was the interception radar in the nose cone, which is known to be the largest radar ever mounted on Soviet aircraft.

 

Storyteller: Mati Meos
Used sources and references:

Interview 29.10.20, Mati Meos, Director of the Aviation Museum