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Picture of Yakovlev Yak-9 WW2 Fighter

The Yakovlev Yak-9 was designed by Alexander Sergeevich Yakovlev as a single seat fighter during WW2. The Yak-9 first flew and entered service in 1942. Performance proved to be similar to the best Luftwaffe aircraft of the time like the Messerschmitt Bf 109G and Focke-Wulf Fw 190A. 14,579 Yak-9's were produced during the war, more than any other Soviet fighter. The design was based on the existing Yak-7 but was lighter with consequently improved performance and a new cockpit gave it's pilots improved visibility in combat. The Yakovlev Yak-9 has the distinction of being the first Soviet fighter to engage and shoot down a German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.

Yakovlev Yak-9 Fighter Plane


The Yakovlev Yak-9UM in the pictures on this page is an Allison V-1710 V12 powered version, and is a recently built replica by the Strela firm in Orenburg, Russia for enthusiasts with deep pockets!

Yakovlev Yak-9U Armament:

  • Single 20 mm ShVAK cannon, 120 rounds
  • Twin 12.7 mm UBS machine guns
Yakovlev Yak-9U Specifications:
  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 28 ft 0 in (8.55 m)
  • Wingspan: 31 ft 11 in (9.74 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m)
  • Empty weight: 5,526 lb (2,512 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 7,049 lb (3,204 kg)
  • Engine: Single 1,500 hp (1,120 kW) Klimov VK-107A liquid-cooled V-12
  • Maximum speed: 417 mph at altitude (672 km/h)
  • Range: 420 miles (675 km)
  • Service ceiling: 35,000 ft (10,650 m)
  • Rate of climb: 3,280 ft/min (16.7 m/s)
Yak 9 aircraft

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