Yak-9 

The Yak-9 is widely recognised as one of the best fighters of the Second World War.  While this is clearly a sweeping statement (and of course within individual types of aircraft, there were a wide variety of models, differing greatly from each other in performance), we feel it is broadly true.
By virtue of its exceptionally small size and therefore very high power-to-weight ratio coupled with powerful controls, a Yak-9 will outmanoeuvre, out-climb and out-run all its direct competitors such as the P-51 and Spitfire, as well as Me109 and FW190.  In particular, it has exceptional performance at low level, which is of course of much greater interest in terms of todayís usage.

One of the original wartime manufacturing factories in Orenberg, in the extreme south of Russia, has worked with Yakovlev Design Bureau to manufacture a series of totally new Yak-9 aircraft using all the original drawings.  While faithfully reproducing every detail of the original aircraft, they are made with the latest materials as well as a level of cosmetic finish that was not dreamt of with the original aircraft. 

The key points are as follows:-

*     26 Aircraft were  completed and sold, but production stopped in 2005.

*     For simplicity, these are divided between the two seat Yak-9 and single seat Yak-3. 

*     The aircraft were totally new in every way.  This is not only an advantage knowing that the aircraft is perfect at the time of purchase, but also because all spares are readily available including main airframe components, which of course is not the case with a restored aircraft from the same era. 

*     The aircraft were delivered to the West in bare metal and without fabric on the control surfaces.  We put new Ceconite on the control surfaces and then painted the aircraft in high quality two-pack paint to the customerís specification. 

*     We were using the Allison 1710 V12 engine and our supply was of  unused engines from their original inhibited factory crates, which are then totally overhauled, incorporating a variety of modern modifications by Allison Competition Engines in the USA. 

*     The second seat in the Yak-9 can be fitted with basic instrumentation, as well as the main controls, including throttle and pitch.  

 Performance

 Empty weight 1,930 kgs (4,246 lbs).  Maximum T/O weight 2,718 kgs (6,150 lbs). With the 8.8 supercharger, the Yak-9 will climb at 6,000 ft per minute; has sea-level maximum of 370 mph and 430 mph at 18,000 ft; cruise at 250 mph at  50 gallons per hour; and operate from 700 yards strips (hard or grass).

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