Yakovlev Yak-3


These 3  pictures are of one of the few surviving original Yak-3s. They are built of mostly plywood witha fabric covering, so restoration is a tedious process. This particular aircraft will only stay in static display restoration as the plywood is starting to delaminate. The Yak-3 initial design work began in 1941, but it did not see operational service until 1944. In front-line service, it performed well and was responsible for many German losses.



In the early 1990s, after the breakup of the Soviet Union, many aircraft companies, especially those that built military aircraft, were struggling to stay open. Yakovlev began building Yak-3s once again for collectors. The "new" Yak-3s featured an Allison engine as opposed to the Klimov VK-107 in the original. it also featured an aluminum airframe and skin. The rest of the airplane is to original specifications. Below is one of the "new" Yak-3s (N529SB).


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