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Soviet Yakolev Yak-11 “Maniyak” Reno Racer – N18AW

One of the highlights of the recent MCAS Yuma  air show, was the chance to meet Bill and Julie Lewallen. Bill and his wife brought out this beautiful YAK 11 named "MANIYAK" to Yuma. The aircraft is based out of Pinal County, AZ. Both Bill and his wife are super nice people and very receptive to our requests to get all the great shots we needed.  Bill explained this aircraft was a single seat and was converted to dual control a few years ago. The aircraft is a 10 +++ plus in terms of quality of restoration to a racer. The cockpit is roomy and very comfortable, with a very modern feel.  The aircraft has been test flown to 450mph, making it a true unlimited contender.  We hope to photograph this aircraft again at it‘s home base in AZ, and conduct a full interview with Bill about the history of this wonderful aircraft. Serial Number 25-III-20 MFR Year 1954 Engine Model P&W R-1830-94M2 The Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: "Moose", Russian: Як-11) was a trainer aircraft used by the Soviet Air Force and other Soviet-influenced air forces from 1947 until 1962. The Yak-11 design was based in large part on the successful Yak-3 fighter, and became the Soviet Air Force's most widely used trainer aircraft. It has sometimes been equated in importance with the T-6 Texan. Powerplant: Shvetsov ASh-21 air-cooled radial piston engine, 521 kW (700 hp) More Pictures  http://warbirddepot.com/aircraft_fighters_yak11-lewallen.asp

1942 Ryan Aeronautical PT-22 RECRUIT – N56017

I had the pleasure of meeeting the aircraft owner, Danny Don of Chandler ,AZ . Danny brings this aircraft to events in the southwest. One event you can find him at  the Coolage airport fly in held  on the first Saturday of each month (except during the summer months). Hey it's AZ. Primary trainers represented the first of three stages of military flight training -- primary, basic and advanced. Prior to 1939, the Air Corps relied entirely on biplanes as primary trainers, but in 1940 it ordered a small number of Ryan civilian trainers and designated them as PT-16s. They were so successful that the Air Corps then ordered large numbers of improved versions, among them the PT-22. By the time production was completed in 1942, the Air Corps accepted 1,023 PT-22s. In 1942 the U.S. Army Air Forces took 25 additional trainers, originally ordered for the Netherlands. Manufacturer: Ryan Aeronautical Model: ST3KR Search all Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR Year built: 1942 Construction Number (C/N): 1722 Number of Seats: 2 Number of Engines: 1 Engine Manufacturer and Model: Kinner R5 SERIES Owner Registration Type: Co-Owned Address: Chandler, AZ 85224 United States Region: Western-Pacific Status Certification Class: Standard Certification Issued: 1988-07-25 Air Worthiness Test: 1956-12-03 Last Action Taken: 2006-06-20 Current Status: Valid

Douglas B-26B Invader – N4819E

Manufacturer: Douglas Model: B-26B Search all Douglas B-26B Year built: 0000 Construction Number (C/N): 44-34609 Number of Seats: 6 Number of Engines: 2 Engine Manufacturer and Model: P & W R-2800 SERIES Link this airframe to another registry number Owner Registration Type: Individual Address: Phoenix, AZ 85020 Region: Western-Pacific Status Certification Class: Restricted Certification Issued: 1996-07-24 Air Worthiness Test: 1963-05-29 Last Action Taken: 2008-11-03 Current Status: Undel Tri Read more »

Douglas A-26C Invader “Lu Lu” – N126HP

Serial Number      44-34520      Type Registration      Individual Manufacturer Name     DOUGLAS     Certificate Issue Date     10/05/2006 Model     A-26C     Status     Valid Type Aircraft     Fixed Wing Multi-Engine     Type Engine     Reciprocating Pending Number Change     None     Dealer     No Date Change Authorized     None     Mode S Code     50065271 MFR Year     1944     Fractional Owner     NO Registered Owner Name     LAURIDSEN HANS O Street     33257 N RIDGEWAY DR City     CAREFREE     State     ARIZONA County     MARICOPA     Zip Code     85377 Country     UNITED STATES Airworthiness Engine Manufacturer     P & W     Classification     Limited Engine Model     R-2800 SERIES     Category     None A/W Date     06/29/1989 It has USAF markings on one side of the aircraft and Hawkins & Powers markings on the other side. "28", ex C-GHCF above. 02='BC-520' 44-34520 04=main ramp, 05="Lulu" (44-34520) 29Jul06 main ramp Flew out - seen at Buckeye, AZ 21Jul07