Yakovlev Yak-9


The fourth production Yakovlev Yak-9
This Yakovlev Yak-9 was number four on the production line.
The Yak-9 has been built in greater numbers than any other Soviet fighter during World War 2 (15470 from 1942 to 1945).
This second-generation Yak fighter was the result of the experience gained from the Yak-1 / Yak-7 family of planes.
Where its predecessors were built in non-strategical materials, the Yak-9 took advantage of the availability of aluminium and light alloys for a lighter weight, resulting in improved performance.
Contrary to the Yak-3 which would appear one year later as a pure dogfighter, the Yak-9 was designed as a multi-role fighter.

Development

Yakovlev Yak-9D Yakovlev Yak-9D
Engine Klimov VK-105PF liquid-cooled V12 1260 hp
Armament One 12.7mm gun + one nose-mounted 20 mm ShVAK cannon (120 rounds)
Performance Max speed: 580 km/h (360 mph) Ceiling: 10400 m (34120 ft)
Range 1400km (870 miles)

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