An extremely exciting ‘warbird’ opportunity that is already well advanced and which will produce one of the most desirable and rarest World War II fighters in the world. Above you can see photographs of the project in progress, in particular the spar and ribs, tail components and fuselage.
This is a TOTAL restoration being done to the highest possible standards of an original Yak-7B. It is NOT a ‘new production’ aircraft (fine though they might be), but a restoration of a Russian Air Force Yak-7B, which crashed in 1943. The aircraft’s history is known, and although clearly damaged the condition is reasonable. In addition we have a complete second aircraft, and two further Klimov engines.
The original aircraft serial no 33153120 was a ‘high-back’ 7B and it is being restored as such. From the point of view of historical accuracy we would prefer that the aircraft continues as a high-back, but clearly a purchaser would have the opportunity to change it to ‘low-back’ 7B if preferred.
For information line drawings of both types are shown below:
Currently the entire fuselage has been completed and most of the tail-plane. Clearly significant amounts of work remain, but we feel a 5-year programme from the date of purchase is realistic. This obviously includes the total restoration of an M105 Klimov engine and propeller.
We would require a deposit and then stage payments on a formally agreed basis. We would be delighted to discuss all aspects of this rare and exciting project with all seriously interested parties.