I'll be joining in with a quick project (taking a break from the A-10B) with a North Korean Air Force Yak-18.
Some quick history:
The USSR supplied North Korea with about 12 Yak-18 aircraft. Inspired by the Russian Black Witches, the NKAF modified their PO-2's and Yak-18's for light bombing. Three of the Yak-18's were shot down during the Korean conflict, all between June 30 and July 20, 1953 and all by Lt. Guy Bordelon. Curiously, there is no mention of these kills in any of the aerial victory lists that I have come across. In this picture, the bomb racks are barely visible.
Night-time nuisance raids were stepped up during the last six months of the war, when the front lines has stabilized. On the night of June 16, 1953, approximately 15 PO-2's and Yak-18's bombed Inchon, hitting the fuel dump and igniting a massive fire that ultimately destroyed 5.5 million gallons of fuel
In June 1955 (some sources cite late 1954), a Yak-18 bearing construction number 59 and which took part in the Inchon raid, was flown by two defecting North Korean pilots to South Korea. This aircraft was given tail code 47-7715, designated as T-10G and evaluated by the Air Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) from 1955 to 1957.
It was donated to the USAF Museum in Dayton in 1960, then later transferred to the National Air and Space Museum. It is currently listed as on loan or in storage. Note the bomb racks on the underside.
I'll be depicting the aircraft in North Korean markings as it may have appeared on June 16, 1953.
Edited by EmperorKai, 02 July 2015 - 02:49 PM.