“Avoid combat at lower altitude with Yak fighters lacking an oil cooler intake beneath the nose!” That directive from Luftwaffe leadership said it all – its fighters were no match for Russia’s newest fighter, the small but lethal Yak-3.
On Saturday, July 22nd at 11AM, CAF SoCal is hosting an event focused on this late addition to the air war over the Eastern Front.
Introduced in the summer of 1944, the Yak-3 was just in time to have a significant role in Operation BAGRATION, the Soviet strategic offensive fought between June 22nd and August 19th. This operation was a decisive Soviet victory that completely destroyed German Army Group Centre.
The guest speaker is CAF SoCal’s own Steve Barber, Wing leader and Yak-3 pilot. So mark your calendars to learn about the dominant fighter on the Eastern Front, the Yak-3.
Saturday July 22nd, 11am at the Commemorative Air Force museum at the Camarillo Airport.
Experience living history.