Whatd'ya think honey?....maybe if it's all shot up already...he'll leave this one alone?
One morning on my way to work, I stopped at an estate sale in Brookfield. I wasn't planning to be late for work, but this could have been a good reason. This was a dig, better yet a dig inside an old farm. After getting a sense of the 2 buildings and the different floors to explore I finally felt as though I could relax and begin the hunt. Part of the challenge is to quickly acclimate yourself to the new surroundings trying not to miss anything. I eventually ran out of time, but not before finding the empty box of the YAK-25. The box art alone spoke volumes to me and I knew I had to have it. I couldn’t get over the name. "Psst! Comrade! The YAK is a long-haired bovine from the Himalayan region in South Central Asia!". I am sure it is named for the glorious designer who likely built it and the other 24 YAK's before it (and the ones that came after). It could be me, but it just didn’t have the same ring to it as F-16, or maybe I am just buying into the propaganda on the cover.
I've turned up some new info on the origins of the Aurora MiG-19 kit. I had a chance to talk (via email) with an officer that I worked with at NSA …He maintains that he knows how Aurora came up with the design for their Yak-25/Mig-19, but is still reluctant to give up all the details. According to him they did the design of their kit solely on the evidence of 1 Soviet propaganda poster that was done to encourage workers to meet or exceed their production "norms" (something that didn't happen often back then). They rushed into production so as to "scoop" their competitors. The plane was called the Yak-25 at first as a smokescreen to hide the fact that they had gotten hold of the poster, which was classified. When Lindberg stole the kit's design and produced their own version, Aurora chose to change the name back to MiG-19.
Don was nice enough to include that the US fighter successfully takin' on the Ruskies is a US Navy Grumman F9F Panther. USA! USA! USA!
Well, there you have it. Not a "YAK-25" at all, but the MIG-19! I never would have guessed.
The alternate title for this post was to be an homage to WKRP in Cincinnati:
"As God as my witness..I thought Yak's could fly."