N7YK is converted from a LET C-11 to resemble a Yak-7, and powered by an Allison engine
Let C-11 - Czech production version of the Soviet Yakovlev Yak-11. 707 planes were produced in 1953-1956.
Edit: To summarize the Yak-3/9/11 C-11 situation per John (see link above for more clarification):
There are about 50 Yak-3/9/11 & LET C-11 type aircraft flying in the world. ... Allison-Engined Yak-3 New Production (12): D-FLUG, D-FYAC, D-FYGJ, F-AZZV, G-CDBJ, G-CGXG, G-OLEG, N17ZA, N42YK, N529SB, N854DP, ZK-VVS Allison-Engined Yak-9 New Production (10): D-FAFA, D-FENK, D-FIST, HB-RYA, N1157H, N219Y, N4425S, N6373Y, N6388U, VH-YIX Allison-Engined Yak-3 Conversions (built from LET C-11's): F-AZLY, F-AZXZ, N130AM, ZK-YYY N7YK is converted from a LET C-11 to resemble a Yak-7, and powered by an Allison engine
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 8, 2019 19:49:54 GMT 12
John, I did see it stated on Facebook that it was a "WWII fighter". I was merely curious if that was actually the case. All good, it'll be another great addition to the scene, when they eventually get all the work it needs done.
Is it a real WWII aeroplane? Or is it a 1990's late production like a lot of the Yaks around now?
Not to detract from any of the Yak fighters that have flown in NZ, but I believe (and John Terrell's info backs this up) that there are no wartime production originals flying. I'm not sure any have done so in private/warbird ownership anywhere.
There's a Yak-1 in the UK that's been under steady progress to airworthiness for some years but it's still a fair way (or wealthy buyer) off.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 9, 2019 14:58:30 GMT 12
Just to be clear, I was not quibbling about whether it was vintage, warbird, new build, etc. I was only interested to find out if it had a wartime history and if so where it had flown and where it had possibly fought, etc, from a historic point of view. That is the reason I queried it, after I'd seen it described as a WWII aircraft on Facebook.