Jakowlew Jak-40 nb 045.
Jakowlew Jak-40 No. 9840759 nb 045 is one of four planes that can be seen in Poland today (2021) as exhibits. This copy is on display at the Polish Air Force Museum in Dęblin.
History Jak-40 nr 9840759 nb 045.
The Jak-40 aircraft No. 9840759 nb 045 was built on April 29, 1979 in Saratov at Plant No. 292, a traditional OKB Jakovlev factory. The plane was delivered to Poland in 1979 and went to the state of the 36th Special Air Transport Regiment in Warsaw in Okęcie. In the 90's it was painted in new colors; White-red.
At the beginning of the 21st century, practically all Polish Yak-40 planes have exhausted their resources. Therefore, there was a difficult situation in the field of transporting important people in the Republic of Poland. It made it necessary to find an ad hoc solution. A decision was made to repair four Jak-40 planes in order to extend their use by another 5 years. The machines nb 044, 045, 047, 048 were selected. The renovation started in 2007 in Minsk in the Republic of Belarus. The renovation took a long time and the planes were not picked up until early 2008. The Jak-40 nb 045 aircraft, after renovation, could be operated until 2012, or 6,000 hours in the air. But the plane was plagued by faults and in 2009, it was decided to put it up for sale. As there was no willing customer, in 2011 the plane was handed over to the Polish Air Force Museum in Dęblin.
The Jak-40 nb 45 aircraft is on display at the open exhibition. The plane is regularly made available for exploring the interior.
Written by Karol Placha Hetman