Diamond Point, WA
Operation: Western and Central
Model: Yak C-11
Wing Span: 30' 10"
Length: 27' 11"
Height: 10' 0"
Max Speed: 402 mph
Gross Weight: 6,000 lbs
Power Plant: Pratt Whitney 1830-75
Fuel Capacity: 136 gallons
Shepherd's Yakovlev Yak
Bill Shepherd owns and operates this beautiful
Yakovlev Yak C-11 that is available for airshows, flybys and film
and also for a 10-15
minute warbird aerobatic airshow routine.
The Yak-11 or C-11 (C=Czech built) was manufactured
between 1944-1955. They were designed as a fighter /
trainer and derived from World War II fighters such as
the Yak-3 and Yak-9 which use inline engines. The
original Yak-11 was somewhat the equivalent of our
American T-6 Texan trainer because the original Russian
engine sported 700 hp on take-off and 570 hp at cruise;
however the YAK-11 had superior performance to the T-6
due to less weight and wing design.
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
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
171 Lupine Drive
Sequim, WA 98382
Phone/Fax: (360) 582-0220
Please fill out your contact information
below if you are interested in contacting
the operator, or representative,
of this Warbird and you require more information for booking this
aircraft at your Airshow