North American NA-64 Yale 3349
Engine: Wright R-975-E3 Whirlwind. The engine has flown 2:10 hrs since overhaul.
Propeller: The prop has flown 388:50 hrs total. Blades are bare metal inspected every 6 years, hub is bare metal checked every 3 years.
Airframe: The airframe has flown a total of 216:15 hours since new.
History / Markings: Built in 1940 as part of the French order, the Yale was redirected to Canada when France was over-run by the advancing German army. Serving in the RCAF as 3349, the aircraft's military history is unknown up to the time Canadian collector Ernie Simmons purchased it having seen a disposal notice in 1946, it was then moved to his farm at Tilsonburg, Ontario. When Ernie died, his entire estate, including Yale No.3349, was auctioned off. The aircraft next appeared in a restoration shop in Ocala, Florida, USA, where a rebuild to a flyable condition was undertaken. It made it's first post-restoration flight on August 3, 1980.
The trainer attended a number of air displays in North America until it was sold and shipped to Holland, arriving in June 1989. It made it's debut at Lelystad on June 10, 1989, and was a regular performer at events around Europe for the next ten years, it was first seen in the UK at North Weald fly-in during May 1998.
The Yale was ferried into Duxford on March 16 1999 where, starting in the year 2000, it was completely restored by the Aircraft Restoration Company, bringing it up to full Civil Aviation Authority standards.