AVIATION: The YAKs Are Coming

In a shiny new hangar near Barranquilla, Colombia, a team of Soviet technicians has been assembling a plane that looks like a small bullet with wings. The stubby little jet, known as the "Codling" to NATO plane spotters and as YAK-40 to its builders, is the leading edge of a Soviet thrust into Western aviation markets. The YAKs are coming.

The Barranquilla project is part of a proposed sale of five YAKs to Aerocondor, a Colombian airline. In addition, two regional airlines and a travel agency in West Germany have ordered eight YAK-40s...

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