Florida Jets 2020

Scale Soviet Fighters on Display

Scale Soviet Fighters on Display

This video comes to us from our UK friends Dean and Pete Coxon, who filmed these two Yaks at a recent LMA meet in Tibenham, Norfolk. They write, “The pilots Mike Booth (Yak-3) and John Horne (Yak-11) formed their two-man ‘Red Stars’ display team late last year and this is their first public flight. [When] the Yak 3 had [landing gear] issues, John and his Yak-11 carried on with the display alone.” The Yak-11 (pictured) has a sleek cowl with an inline engine and features built-up construction and is powered by a 3W 150cc inline twin spinning a 32×12 prop.


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  1. “Red Stars Display Flight”
    The airplane you are called Yak-11 is actually a Yak-3U experimental fighter plane with radial engine.”Yak-3U
    Yak-3 fitted with Shvetsov ASh-82FN radial engine with 1,380 kW (1,851 hp) in an attempt to increase performance while avoiding the overheating problems of VK-107 and VK-108. Wingspan increased by 20 cm (8 in), wings moved 22 cm (9 in) forward, cockpit raised by 8 cm (3 in). Armament of 2 × 20 mm Berezin B-20 cannons with 120 rpg. The prototype reached 682 km/h (424 mph) at 6,000 m (19,685 ft) and while successful did not enter production because it was completed after the war. Flying a modified replica Yak-3U manufactured in Romania in 2005 and powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2000 engine, William Whiteside set an official international speed record for piston-engined aircraft in the under-3,000 kg (6,615-pound) category on 10 October 2011, reaching 655 km/h (407 mph) over a 3-km (1.863-mile) course at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the United States, greatly exceeding the previous record of 491 km/h (305 mph) set in 2002 by Jim Wright. The following day, Whiteside used the same aircraft to set an unofficial speed record for aircraft in the category of 670 km/h (416 mph) over the same 3-km (1.863-mile) course.[12]” (WIKIPEDIA)
    Yak-11 is two seater trainer fighter

    Yak-3 presented at that show has wrong painting. Blue White Red spinner was marking for Normandie-Neiman French regiment

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