Yak-1, A.S.Yakovlev

220k b/w Yak-1 on the mass production line, from 'Notes of an aircraft designer' by A.Yakovlev;

he Yak-1 was the first of a line of small, nimble fighters, (front-line nick-maned The Little Ones), very easy to build and maintain, and with fine performance and handling at low altitude. They were lightly armed and had weaker performance at higher altitude (they were not built for high altitude indeed).
The Yak-series was the most important Soviet fighter of early stages of the Great Patriotic War (WWII at the East Front), before La-5 came into service.
60k b/w Yak-1 (or Yak-9?) assembly, from 'Notes of an aircraft designer' by A.Yakovlev;

Yaks found themselves a good escort fighters for the Il-2 Stormoviks - good low-altitude performance was exactly what required by this mission!
Yak-1 was flown by female ace Lilya litvyak, nicknamed "The White Rose of Stalingrad" and Valeria Khomyakova, the first female pilot in history to down enemy aircraft.
8721 Yak-1's built.
Two 16k shots of my 1/72 plastic Yak-1 in winter 1941 color scheme

  • I-30 - all metal version, no production;
  • Yak-1M - re-engined Yak-1 with improved rear view;

  • Yak-3
    - lightweight (empty weight 2105kg only!) development;

  • UTI-26/Yak-7U
    - two-seat trainer version;

  • Yak-9
    - another branch of Yak's, including light bomber and long-range fighter;
  • Yak-1M - improved version, 1943

  • ReferencesLinks
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" by V.B.Shavrov, Vol.2 p.194-195;
  • "Russian aircraft since 1940" by Jean Alexander, p.421-424;
  • 'Yak fighter in action' by Hans-Heiri Stapfer.
  • Yak-1 at Virtual Aircraft Museum
  • Yak-1 and Yak-7 of Normandie-Niemen
  • I-26, Yakovlev
  • Yak-1, Yakovlev
  • I-26 model page by Dariusz Tyminski
  • Soviet female pilots on WWII by Rolando Silva
  • Yakovlev Yak-1
  • Common Myths and Misconceptions
  • Yakovlev Yak-1
  • Technical data
    Type Yak-1
    Function fighter
    Year 1940
    Crew 1
    Engines 1*M-105PA
    Wing Span 10.00m
    Length 8.47m
    Height 1.70m
    Wing Area 17.15m2
    Empty Weight 2410kg
    Maximum Weight 2895kg
    Speed 580km/h
    Ceiling 10000m
    Range 850km
    Guns 1*g20mm
    Bombs 200kg
    Modified January 31, 1997
    by Alexandre Savine;
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