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46 Aviation Warbirds

46 Aviation offer Warbird operation services to private and company investors, whether it’s for an aircraft that is already in an airworthy condition or for a total project restoration. We provide a complete operational service, managing the restoration, it’s maintenance, administration, documentation, hangarage, sourcing of parts and of course it’s air-time.

If you have not already made your Warbird investment, we are also able to advise on sourcing aircraft(s) and can aid you in the purchasing process, as well as organising the collection and transportation to either Sion or to the aircraft’s site of restoration/ maintenance. The aircraft are hangared in a secure, clean and climate controlled hangar based at 46 Aviation’s home airport Sion, where they are kept operational and well preserved keeping an important piece of history in good condition.

Our Warbird collection

Currently 46 Aviation Warbird Operation services have the Yak 9, Schlepp C-3605 and a Bücker Jungmann in flying condition, based at Sion Airport.

We also have three Messerschmitt BF109’s, a P40 Warhawk and an additional Schlepp C-3605, undergoing restoration.

If you are interested in 46 Aviation Warbird Operation Services, or booking one of these aircraft to fly at your event, you can contact info@46aviation.com to discuss how to proceed.

Schlepp C-3605

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The ex Swiss military Warbird (formerly the EKW C-3603) entered the service in 1942 for reconnaissance and ground attack duties. Originally having a V12 piston engine, it was later modified (in 1971) with a turbine engine, an additional vertical stabiliser, a stretched nose and a winch for it’s new target-towing role. It left service in 1987 and it is now currently one of only two C3605 aircraft in flying condition. 46 Aviation are proud to share this piece of Swiss history and keep it up in the air.

This quirky aircraft’s striking looks and unparalleled shape, along with it’s surprising agility for it’s size, certainly make for an eye-catching piece of machinery! The aircraft is remarkably stable in flight and it’s speeds range from slow flight of less than 150km p/h all the way up to 550km p/h. The aircraft is dramatic to see on the ground and even more so in the air, gracefully looping and rolling as it flaunts it’s truly unique contours!

Length 12.03 m / 39 ft 6 in
Wingspan 13.74 m  / 45 ft 1 in
Height 4.05 m  / 13 ft 3 in
Wing Area 28.70 m2  / 308.9 sq ft
Empty Weight 2,634 kg  / 5,807 lb
Gross Weight 3,300 kg  / 7,275 lb
Max takeoff weight 3,716 kg  / 8,192 lb
Fuel Capacity 770 litres / 169 imp gal / 203 US gal
Powerplant 1 × Lycoming T53-L-7 turboprop, 820 kW (1,100 shp)
Propellers 3-bladed Hamilton Standard 53C51, 3.05 m (10 ft 0 in) diameter
Maximum Speed 600 kph / 372 mph / 323 kn
Cruise Speed 420 kph  / 261 mph / 227 kn
Stall Speed 145 kph / 90 mph / 78 kn flaps down
Never Exceed Speed 600 kph  / 373 mph / 324 kn
Range 980 km / 609 mi /  529 nmi – with 10% reserve
Service Ceiling 10,000 m / 33,000 ft
Rate of Climb 2,470 ft/min
Wing Loading 129 kg/m2  / 26 lb/sq ft – at max takeoff weight
Power/Mass 3.38 kg/shp  / 7.45 lb/shp – at max takeoff weight

Yak 9

Warbirds - Yak9

The Yak 9 was a Soviet Union fighter aircraft during World War II, appearing on the battle front from the end of 1942. This aircraft earned a mean reputation amongst its competitors, particularly due to it’s exceptional performance at low level altitude. The Luftwaffe even advised their pilots to avoid engaging with the Yak 9. According to sources from those who flew this aircraft, the performance was comparable to that of the P-51D Mustang, Spitfire IX, Focke-Wulf FW19OA and BF109.

The Russian Warbird’s small size and therefore high power to weight ratio is extremely impressive to watch at any outdoor event. The beautiful aircraft is agile, powerful, tight turning, manouvreable and will even out climb the P51 Mustang! This Yak was rebuilt in 1999, using original parts and jigs, keeping an important piece of history flying!

Length 8.55 m  / 28 ft 0 in
Wingspan 9.74 m  / 31 ft 11 in
Height 3.00 m  / 9 ft 10 in
Wing Area 17.2 m²  / 185.1 ft²
Empty Weight 2,512 kg  / 5,526 lb
Loaded Weight 3,204 kg  / 7,049 lb
Powerplant 1 × Allison 1710 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 1,120 kW (1,475 hp)
Maximum Speed 672 kph  /417 mph – at altitude ()
Range 1575 km / 975 miles / 850 nautical miles
Service Ceiling 10,650 m  / 35,000 ft
Rate of Climb 3,280 ft/min
Wing Loading 186 kg/m²  / 38 lb/ft²
Power/Mass 350 W/kg  / 0.21 hp/lb

Bücker Bü 131AMP “Jungmann”

Warbirds - Bücker Jungmann

The Bücker Jungmann oozes vintage charm as it makes a graceful demonstration of aerobatic aerial ballet. This aircraft brings a romantic nostalgic feel to your event and is a pure delight to watch.

The German Bücker Jungmann served as a training aircraft used by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Production licenses were granted to Switzerland, where this particular Bücker was built in 1939 and it was used as a training aircraft for Swiss Airforce Pilots.

Length 6.62 m  / 21 ft 8 in
Wingspan 7.40 m  / 24 ft 3 in
Height 2.35 m  / 7 ft 6 in
Wing Area 13.5 m²  / 145 ft²
Empty Weight 380 kg  / 840 lb
Loaded Weight 670 kg  / 1,500 lb
Powerplant Lycoming IO- 360 (147hp)
Maximum Speed 350 kph / 217 mph / 188 kn
Cruise Speed 157 kph / 97 mph / 85 kn
Range 370 km / 230 miles / 200 Nautical miles
Service Ceiling 15000 feet / 4572 Meters
Rate of Climb 600 ft/min
Wing Loading 46.3 kg/m² / 9.49 lb/ft²
Power/Mass 100 W/kg  / 0.064 hp/lb