Historic Serial #01 For Sale

  • Mar 27, 2016 5:54am GMT

The first Yak-50 ever built is available. With just over 200 hours since factory rebuild owner Gordan Price has decided to part with the plane he has both competed with and performed in for decades.

Gordon said, "Yes I have listed my YAK-50 SN 01 for sale with Barry Hancock at World Wide Warbirds. It truly is a great airplane and I have really enjoyed flying it. There are no other aircraft prototypes flying Air Shows that I am aware of. I expect that the sale of SN01 will take some time so I will continue to fly it until it has been sold. My last scheduled Air Show so far this year, is in Thornbury Ontario, on 1 July, as part of the Canada Day celebrations at 1 pm.

The Yak-50 has exceptionally fine handling characteristics enhanced by a relatively high power-to-weight ratio. It has a tough and agile airframe - the type was twice World Aerobatic Champion and was used as a military trainer by several countries.

Aerobatic pilot Rick Volker said, "Watching Gord Price fly is like watching the best violin maestro in the world play a Stradivarius. He is that good. The depth of his talent is endless. The Yak 50: beautiful in his hands. It showed how his every move was deliberate, calculated, finessed, and effortless. He is more of a Canadian icon than anyone else in aviation. I will miss watching Gord fly the magnificent Yak 50. No one else could have done it better!"

Video & Photos Below: Gord Price Yak 50

About Gord

A model plane fanatic as a kid, Gord joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets at 12 and earned a pilot’s licence by 16. At 21 he married his high school sweetheart, Sandy Surgeoner, and took a five-year commission with the Royal Canadian Air Force flying the CF-104 Starfighter. In 1966 he was hired at Air Canada and flew until 2001.

While commercial flying was a job, small planes, specifically aerobatic biplanes, were Gord’s passion. During the years he piloted passenger carriers, Gord designed planes, built planes and tested planes.

By 1976 Gord won his first Advanced Aerobatic Contest, and between 1979 and 1988 took first place in seven Canadian national and open aerobatic competitions. “Those were the heydays of aerobatic flying,” recalls Gord. “I trained incessantly, and I had plenty of close calls.”

He read hundreds of books on building planes, found mentors, took welding and metal-working courses, and in 1974 built himself a high-performance Skeen Skybolt. “I had to extend my garage 10 feet,” he told the NECAS conference this year. It won the Keith Hopkins Award for Best Homebuilt in Canada.

In 1981 Gord established a factory in Guelph, Ontario and founded “Ultimate Aerobatics Limited” making the Ultimate 10-300S Super Biplane built to look good, fly great and win aerobatic competitions. Gordon flew the 10-300S to 15th place in the World Championships in Red Deer, Alberta. Production and capital costs forced closure of the factory in 1989, but the 10-300S is still considered one of the most maneuverable, high performance biplanes in the world. One of Gord’s designs, an Ultimate 10-180, is on display at the Toronto Aerospace Museum.