Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Rides

 

 

Designed and built in Russia, the Yakovlev Yak-3 was one of the smallest and lightest combat fighters produced during World War II. As such, it proved itself a formidable dogfighter at altitudes below 13,000 feet.

The Yak-3 grew out of an effort to produce a lighter, lower-drag version of the Yak-1 fighter already in production. Design work began in 1941, but the program was held back by delays with the newly developed Kimlov VK-107 engine plus the need to build the maximum number of Yak-1s. The first Yak-3 prototype, a combination of a new wing design mated to a Yak-1M fuselage, with additional modifications, finally took to the air in mid-1943. Production models using the proven VK-105PF-2 engine entered service in July, 1944. The design was so successful that over 4,000 Yak-3s had been produced by mid-1946.

It was used predominantly in a tactical role, flying low over battlefields and engaging enemy aircraft below 13,000 feet. With its high power-to-weight ratio, it was easily able to out-climb and out-turn its German adversaries, the Messerschmidt Bf-109 and Focke-Wulf FW-190, making it one of the most formidable dogfighters of the war.

The Yak-3M on display, serial no. 0410101 was built in 1994 at the Yakovlev aircraft factory in Orenburg, Russia using the original plans, tools, dies, and fixtures. It is painted in the colors and markings of Captain Louis Delfino, one of the Free French pilots of the Normandie-Niemen regiment Escadrille, NO-1 Rouen. Captain Delfino finished World War II with 16 victories and later became a general in the French Air Force.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINE (ORIGINAL) Klimov VK-105PF-2, V-12, 1,300 h.p.
ENGINE (AS DISPLAYED) Allison V-1710-89, V-12, 1,300 h.p.
ARMAMENT 2 - 12.7 MM, machine guns & 1 - engine mounted 20 MM, ShVAK cannon
WING SPAN 30 feet, 2.25 inches
LENGTH 27 feet, 10.25 inches
HEIGHT 7 feet, 11.25 inches
MAX TAKEOFF WEIGHT 5,864 pounds
CREW 1
MANUFACTURED BY Yakovlev
TOTAL BUILT 4,130
FIRST BUILT 1943
MUSEUM'S AIRCRAFT BUILT 1994
ON DISPLAY AT Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas, Texas
MAXIMUM SPEED 407 m.p.h.
RANGE 559 miles
SERVICE CEILING 35,105 feet
SERIAL NUMBER 0410101
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The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating America's aviation heritage; the museum fulfills its mission by restoring, operating, maintaining and displaying historically-significant, vintage aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation.




4572 Claire Chennault, Addison, TX 75001  [Map] (North of Downtown Dallas)

Phone Number: 972-380-8800

Hours: Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sun: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Admission: Adults: $10.00 Seniors & Military: $8.00 Children (4 - 12): $5.00 Children 3 & Under: Free


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