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NOVA
10-17-2011, 10:38 AM
Anyone know anything about this plane?

http://www.trade-a-plane.com/detail/Single+Engine+Piston/Yakovlev/YAK+11/990244.html

Looks fast! :thumbsup:

Ebehne
10-17-2011, 10:42 AM
I know that it has been for sale for a long time. It would make an interesting racer for sure! I just found an old link on here from 2007, and it is the old Mr. Awesome. It would be AWESOME to see on the course again!

Eric

johnnyrace
10-17-2011, 10:45 AM
Pretty sure that used to be/is Mr. Awesome

NOVA
10-17-2011, 10:52 AM
Very cool, thanks for the info guys :beerchug:

FENCELINER
10-17-2011, 01:41 PM
Old story here:)
http://aafo.com/racing/news/rheat.htm

Unlimited Fan
10-17-2011, 05:51 PM
The above pic is of the plane prior to the addition of the T-33 tail surfaces - which I believe it looks better/safer with. It now has a new cowl from a Canadian Argus coastal patrol airplane which also used R-3350TCs for power.

eeyore
10-17-2011, 07:01 PM
I know Skip Holm flew it one year and had nothing good to say about how it handled. If you got the money to build a racer I wouldn't start here :rolleyes:

sctybdy
10-17-2011, 10:12 PM
I read many years ago Mr. Awesome got the T-33 tail after initial test flights found stability problems. The original tail just didnt look right to me (ArmChair engineer that I am :). The yak must be built like a tank to be able to handle the R-2800. I'd love to see Mr. Awesome make a comeback. I think he had a lot of potential.

Curt
10-17-2011, 10:23 PM
:eek: 3350 Turbo compound :eek:

sctybdy
10-18-2011, 06:57 AM
Wow, a 3350...... Too cool!!!!!!

440_Magnum
10-18-2011, 11:54 AM
Wow, a 3350...... Too cool!!!!!!

<opinion follows>
Only if "cool" means "slower than an engine more suited to the airframe." "Mr. Awful" indeed. </opinion>

Scotty G
10-18-2011, 12:51 PM
You guys have some of your history wrong... I have Skip on record as saying the airplane had a lot of potential... It would indicate 400 at sea level, and 400 at 10,000 ft. Once they got the T-33 tail on it, it had acceptable flying qualities for a racer.

Now... Before that time... Yes, it was a handful and not very good.

If I had the money, I'd buy it.

sctybdy
10-18-2011, 02:07 PM
<opinion follows>
Only if "cool" means "slower than an engine more suited to the airframe." "Mr. Awful" indeed. </opinion>

How do you figure????
A stock Yak 11 has a Vne well under 300 mph. Mr. Awesome did over 400 mph. Without dreamers putting oversized engines in airplanes, we never would've had the Super Corsair, Rare Bear, or Dreadnought!!!!!
I also think Mr.Awesome was plagued with its share of bad luck and bugs still to be worked out. I would sure like to see Him back at the races with someone who can afford to take it to the next level.

Dash
10-19-2011, 06:18 AM
Noticed they have eliminated the induction trunk from the top of the cowl. Also notice the large yellow tubs inside the fuselage and wondered if they had worked on putting a boil-off system to it. I think it could be an interesting competitor and certainly has an interesting history. This is one of the more highly modified racers ever built.

Race5
10-19-2011, 08:45 AM
I think Czech Mate has gone fast enough to prove a 2800 is plenty of motor for a Yak. I don't see that monstrosity being any faster than Czech has gone. Hell, look at the speeds Argo ran with the 2800 this year.

Scotty G
10-19-2011, 09:08 AM
Mr. Awesome already had a boiler for oil cooling.

Big_Jim
10-19-2011, 10:09 AM
If I had the money, I would buy it. Always liked that plane after they took the barn door tail off it and grafted the T-33 tail onto it. It reminded me of the Marcoux-Bromberg racer from the 1930's. Maybe Bucky or Neal can post a picture of it from 1989 when it had the tall tail and stinger....a very sexy airframe.

The lengthened fuselage was intended for better longitudinal stability also...Matt Jackson was involved in building that plane, maybe he can chime in on the theory.

I've always questioned the use of the PRT's on the 3350 on that plane, though. The PRTs were intended for high-altitude, constant power conditions. I've talked to several engine guys and crew chiefs about how they felt as to whether you actually got anything out of it. The feedback was split..but most felt that any return was not going to be all that great...and the question was as to how the PRT's would perform pulling g's around the course.

RichH
10-19-2011, 10:51 AM
The other issue with the Yak, is the short landing gear. You can't hang a large enough prop to absorb the HP. That is, with cutting down existing props like the Aeroproducts unit. Re-profiling would help, but you can't do that with the hollow steel blades. It needs a new prop design or a longer landing gear setup...

Propellerhead
10-19-2011, 11:51 AM
It just needs a telescoping prop that can be short at takeoff and longer at race speeds.

Sheesh, must I think of everything? :D

hm66sk
10-19-2011, 12:58 PM
I think Czech Mate has gone fast enough to prove a 2800 is plenty of motor for a Yak. I don't see that monstrosity being any faster than Czech has gone. Hell, look at the speeds Argo ran with the 2800 this year.Argo????? You talking Argonaut? It's 3350 powered.
I always thought Mr. Awesome/Red Heat/Frostbite looked really cool with the original tail. Kinda super "Mooney". Like something straight out of the 30's. The Keith Ryder/Marcoux-Bromberg racer being a great comparison. But, looking cool and flying safe are two different paintjobs! Man, Reno '88 was a kick-a** year!

BuckyD
10-19-2011, 01:16 PM
Hi hm66sk-

Just to get you up to speed- Sanders Aircraft converted Hawker Sea Fury Race #114 Argonaut over to P&W R-2800 power earlier this year fm its' Wright R-3350 powerplant & it raced at Reno 2011 w/the 2800 & impressed everybody running on its' new engine type.

Here's a link f/conversion details:

http://www.sandersaircraft.com/restoration_seafury-r2800.asp

:cool: DBD

BuckyD
10-19-2011, 01:40 PM
By special request- 3/4-frontal sunset portrait of Awesome @ Reno '89.

+Here's direct link to my brief Buck Shots'- Mr. Awesome highlight (Page 37/Post #363-3rd post down), for a couple more circa-'88 photos of this radical racer's debut at Reno:

http://www.aafo.com/hangartalk/showthread.php?t=7733&page=37

:cool: DBD

stuntflyr
10-19-2011, 04:52 PM
I thought that Mr. Awesome's fuselage was an entirely new build structure.
Chris...

hm66sk
10-20-2011, 08:03 AM
Hi hm66sk-

Just to get you up to speed- Sanders Aircraft converted Hawker Sea Fury Race #114 Argonaut over to P&W R-2800 power earlier this year fm its' Wright R-3350 powerplant & it raced at Reno 2011 w/the 2800 & impressed everybody running on its' new engine type.

Here's a link f/conversion details:

http://www.sandersaircraft.com/restoration_seafury-r2800.asp

:cool: DBDShows you how out of it I've been. I was unaware of this switch. She runs good!