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Lanterns. Kichijoji, Tokyo. FUJIFILM X-E1 + XF 35/1.4 R

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Яковлев Як-141-Yakovlev Yak-141; NATO reporting name “Freestyle”, the world’s first supersonic VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft.

Unlike the Harrier, and like her predecessor, the subsonic Yak-38, she used a pair of lift engines to help in vertical operations, which would hinder her performance to a certain degree, as said engines would remain a dead weight after horizontal flight was achieved.  

Her development was cancelled with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and curiously enough, the lessons learned from her helped Lockheed into developing their own XF-35, after a brief partnership with Yakovlev in the early-nineties.