The Yak 110: Two Planes and a Spare Jet Engine

Yak 110
Most of the time when you have a crazy idea, you inevitably think, “Well, that’s just crazy,” and the concept goes no further. But if you’re air show pilot Jeff Boerboon, you turn your crazy ideas into pure magic. “One day about 10 years ago,” Boerboon recalls, “I saw my airplane sitting on the ramp next to another Yak 55, and I had the idea of combining two Yak 55s together.” From there, a lot of hard work happened, and the result is the one-of-a-kind Yak 110, complete with two cockpits, two big radial engines, two tails, one extra-long wing, and – for good measure – an extra jet engine in the middle. And the one-of-a-kind aircraft made its air show debut this summer.
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The Yakovlev Yak 55, first built by the Soviets back in the 1980s, has competition in its very DNA. In its first year on the circuit, the Soviet teams for both men and women flew the clean-cut single-seat monoplane to first place in the World Aerobatic Championships, proving the beautiful design excels in its niche. The Yak 55 is still in production, with few changes, and it’s long been Boerboon’s favorite. To create the 110, he hunkered down with partners Chad Bartee and Dell Coller for about a year in an Idaho hangar to meld two airplanes together into one powerful aerobatic creation.

Photo: Jim Raeder
Photo: Jim Raeder
Photo: Jim Raeder
Photo: Jim Raeder
Photo: Jim Raeder
Photo: Jim Raeder

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