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)

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