Russian Yak-40 Demonstrates Superconducting Electric Propulsion

The Yak-40LL flying lab uses a superconducting electric motor during a first demo flight at the recent MAKS 2021 air show.
Credit: CIAM
MOSCOW—A Yak-40LL testbed modified with a nose-mounted propeller driven by a 500 kW (680 hp) low-loss superconducting electric motor was demonstrated in flight for the first time at Russia’s MAKS 2021 airshow at Zhukovsky, Moscow, in late July. “The flight was routine, the aircraft systems and the...

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