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Fighter / Attack:
   Bell P-39 Airacobra
   Bell P-63 Kingcobra
   Brewster Buffalo
   Chance-Vought F-4U Corsair
   Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
   Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
   Douglas A-1 Skyraider
   Douglas A-26 Invader
   Douglas SBD Dauntless
   Fairey Firefly
   Focke-Wulf Fw 190
   Grumman F4F Wildcat
   Grumman F6F Hellcat
   Grumman F7F Tigercat
   Grumman F8F Bearcat
   Grumman TBF Avenger
   Hawker Hurricane
   Hawker Sea Fury
   Lockheed P-38 Lightning
   Messerschmitt Bf-109
   Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen
   North American P-51 Mustang

   Polikarpov I-16
   Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
   Supermarine Spitfire
   Yakovlev Yak-3
   Yakovlev Yak-9


Trainers:
  
Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan (C-45)
   Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
   Boeing / Stearman PT-17

   Commonwealth CA-25 Winjeel
   Commonwealth CA-1 Wirraway
   DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk
   DeHavilland DH-82 Tiger Moth
   Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
   Hunting / Percival Provost
   Meyers OTW
   Nanchang CJ-6
   Naval Aircraft Factory N3N
   N. Am. BT-9 / BT-14 / Yale
   N. Am. T-6 Texan / SNJ / Harvard
   N. American T-28 Trojan

   Piaggio P149
   Ryan PT-22 Recruit

   Scottish Aviation T1 Bulldog
   Vultee BT-13 Valiant
   Yakovlev Yak-11
   Yakovlev Yak-18
   Yakovlev Yak-52


Bombers:
   Avro Lancaster
   Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
   Boeing B-29 Superfortress
   Bristol Blenheim / Bolingbroke
   Consolidated B-24 Liberator
   Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

   Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
   DeHavilland Mosquito
   Fairey Swordfish
   Heinkel He-111 / Casa 2.111

   Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon / Ventura
   Martin B-26 Marauder
   North American B-25 Mitchell


Transports:
   Beechcraft C-45 (AT-11)

   Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter (KC-97)
   Curtiss C-46 Commando
   Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota
   Douglas C-54 Skymaster

   Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
   Fairchild C-123 Provider
   Grumman C-1 Trader (S-2)
   Lockheed C-60 Lodestar
   Lockheed C-69 Constellation


Utility / Observation / Special Duty:
   Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper
   Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper
   Antonov AN-2 Colt
   Auster AOP 6/9
   Avro 652 Anson
   Avro Shackleton
   British Taylorcraft I-V
   Cessna L-19 / O-1 Bird Dog
   Cessna O-2 Super Skymaster
   Cessna T-50 / UC-78 Bobcat
   Consolidated PBY Catalina

   DeHavilland U-6A / L-20 Beaver
   Fairey Gannet
   Fairey Swordfish
   Fieseler Fi156 Storch
   Grumman S-2 Tracker (C-1)
   Grumman HU-16 Albatross
   Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
   Junkers Ju 52/3m

   Lockheed P2V Neptune
   Max Holste M.H.1521 Broussard
   Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun

   Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman
   North American L-17 Navion
   N. Am./ Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
   Piper L-4 Grasshopper
   Stinson L-5 Sentinel
   Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper
   Westland Lysander


Jets:
   Aero L-29 Delfin
   Aero L-39 Albatros
   Aermacchi MB-326
   Avro Vulcan
   BAC Strikemaster
   Blackburn (BAC) Buccaneer
   Canadair Tutor
   Cessna A-37 Dragonfly
   DeHavilland Vampire
   DeHavilland Venom
   English Electric Canberra
   English Electric Lightning
   Folland Gnat
   Fouga CM-170 Magister
   Gloster Meteor
   Grumman F9F Panther
   Hawker Hunter
   Hispano HA-200 Saeta
   Hunting Jet Provost
   Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
   Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
   McDonnell-Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
   McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom
   Messerschmitt Me-262
   Mikoyan MiG-15
   Mikoyan MiG-17
   Mikoyan MiG-21
   N. Am. F-86 Sabre / FJ-4 Fury
   N. Am. F-100 Super Sabre
   N. Am. / Rockwell T-2 Buckeye
   Northrop T-38 Talon / F-5
   PZL / WSK TS-11 Iskra
   Saab J35 Draken
   Soko G-2A Galeb
   Temco Pinto & Super Pinto


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Yakovlev Yak-11

(Variants/Other Names: See History Below)


Yakovlev Yak-11
(This Yak-11, "Czech Ride," N11MQ, has been modified for air racing. It is owned and flown by Sam Richardson. Photo by Jack Cook.)

History: Shortly after the end of World War II, an American clergyman who had lived in Moscow during that period described the air war thus, "The Nazis would fly over the city dropping leaflets goading the Russians to send up something worth fighting."

No doubt that was either in 1942 or early 1943, because 1943 was the year that the Soviet Air Force answered the challenge with a vengeance, fielding aircraft from several designers that could go head-to-head with the best that the Luftwaffe had available. Among these, was the Yakovlev Yak-3, an aircraft that would become the most-produced Soviet fighter of the war.

A light, responsive, single-seat interceptor, bomber escort and close-support aircraft that was especially deadly to Luftwaffe aircraft at altitudes below 11,000 feet, the Yak-3's success in combat led to the conversion of a Yak-3U to two-seat trainer prototype, the Yak-3UTI in 1945. That "cut-and-paste" redesign was followed 12 months later by the first flight of a new, air-cooled, two-seat advanced trainer/liaison aircraft/utility transport, the Yak-11, which used many Yak-3 parts, modified as needed for the aircraft's new functions.

Nicknamed "Moose," by NATO and "Hawk" by Warsaw Pact nations, the Yak-11 was, in its trainer form, significantly less nimble than its fighter predecessor, except for demonstrating exceptional agility in rolls.

Sometimes equated with the North American T-6 trainer in terms of its widespread use, 3,859 basic Yak-11s were produced through 1956. Although production then ceased in Russia, it continued in Czechoslovakia, where it had been licensed to LET in 1953 with the designation C.11. An additional 707 of those aircraft were manufactured by LET. Many of the Yak-11's still operational in the USSR were replaced in 1958 by the Yak-11U, a tricycle-geared variation of the aircraft intended for training jet fighter pilots. Yak-11/C.11's were used not only by Warsaw Pact nations, but also by various other communist countries around the world.

While it is no longer a front-line aircraft, the Yak-11 has gained a new lease on life as a popular "warbird" thanks to its World War II Yak-3 lineage. Modified (in several instances as high-performance single-seat racers), and equipped in some cases with Pratt and Whitney engines, Yak-11s may currently be found in civilian use from Reno, Nevada to Western Australia, with specific airframes known to be in service in Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden and the Czech Republic.   [History by Kevin Murphy]

Nicknames: Hawk (Warsaw Pact name); Moose (NATO codename).

Specifications:
        Engine: One 570-hp Shvetsov ASh-21 radial piston engine
        Weight: Empty 4,189 lbs., Max Takeoff 5,379 lbs.
        Wing Span: 30ft. 10in.
        Length: 27ft. 10.5in.
        Performance:
            Maximum Speed: 289 mph
            Ceiling: 23,295 ft.
            Range: 795 miles
        Armament: One 12.7-mm (0.5-inch) UBS or 7.7-mm (0.303-inch) ShKAS machine gun.

Number Built: 3,859, plus 707 Czech-built C.11s.

Number Still Airworthy: 120+, most in eastern Europe.

Links:
Yak UK

 
 


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