For Sale
Yakovlev Yak-3 U
Year of construction  1954
Country  France
City/Aerodrome  France

Description  A quite exceptional opportunity to buy a superb "warbird" that has fantastic performance; relatively simple maintenance; dual controls and is a real attraction at airshows.

The Yak-3 was probably the best fighter of WWII, being small, extremely manoeuvrable and powerful.  Towards the end of the war, German pilots, even in the latest Me-109 and FW-190, were instructed not to engage with the Yak-3!   Whereas most of the Yak-3 variants used the Klimov in-line engine, late in the war the decision was made to produce a very high-performance version with the ASh-82 radial engine. The aeroplane was a great success, with very enhanced performance 440 mph, and a climb to 16,000 feet in 3.9 minutes! But in the end, it was simply too late, and production was never begun.  However the airframe was used to make the two-seat Yak-11, and this aircraft is an 11, but returned to 3U specification with a P&W 2000 engine of 1450 hp, and the great advantage of easy maintenance.

Total time since new on the airframe is 2432 hours, and total time since major overhaul of the engine is 432 hours (of 1200 TBO). The Hamilton Standard prop was last overhauled in November 2009, and has done less than 20 hours since overhaul.

Performance is quite exceptional due to a light airframe and considerable power, and of course the fantastic handling for which the Yak-3 is renowned.

The aircraft is well equipped with full flying control for the 2nd cockpit but not engine control or full instrumentation; smoke; Garmin GNS 530; oxygen. With 155 US gallons in five internal tanks, it has excellent range and indeed was ferried to Europe across the Atlantic.  All systems have been converted to hydraulic as in the North American T 28, and so spares and maintenance are relatively simple.
The aircraft is currently based in France with French "collection" certification, valid to 2016, and it is fully European VAT paid.

There is probably no other equivalent aircraft that is so easy to operate and maintain; with such performance.
Remarks  For full details on this aircraft, please contact Raymond Frappot:
Price   450.000  VAT free

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Offered by

Richard Goode Aerobatics
Richard Goode
Herefordshire, England
Phone +44 1544 340120

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