This great static and taxi footage of the Yakovlev Yak-9 Replica was filmed at Temora, NSW, Australia by Anthony Portelli, an Historical Aviation Film Unit Media Partner. Like all modern-built replicas, this aircfat uses Allison V-1710 engine, has counterclockwise-rotation props, unlike the originals which strictly used clockwise-rotation Soviet V12 powerplants.

The Yakovlev Yak-9 was a single-engine fighter aircraft used by the Soviet Union in World War II and after (Korean War). It arrived at the front in October 1942 and first saw combat in late 1942 during the Battle of Stalingrad. Towards the end of the war, the Yak-9 was the first Soviet aircraft to shoot down a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet. The Yak-9 was the most mass-produced Soviet fighter of all time. It remained in production from 1942 to 1948, with 16,769 built (14,579 during the war).

Fundamentally the Yakovlev Yak-9 was a lighter development of the successful Yak-7 with the same armament. Greater availability of duralumin allowed for lighter construction which in turn permitted a number of modifications to the basic design. Yak-9 variants carried two different wings, five different engines, six different fuel tank combinations and seven types of armament configurations. The Yak-9 had a lowered rear fuselage decking and all-around vision canopy. Its lighter airframe gave the new fighter a flexibility that previous models had lacked. 

The versatile Yak-9 operated with a wide variety of armament for use in anti-tank, light bomber and long-range escort role. First production version, used Klimov M-105PF engine with 880 kW (1,180 hp), and had 1 × 20 mm ShVAK cannon with 120 rounds and 1 × 12.7 mm UBS machine gun with 200 rounds.
At low altitude in which it operated predominantly, the Yak-9 was faster and more maneuverable than its main foe, the Bf 109, but was far less well armed. A series of improvements in performance and armament did not hamper the superb handling characteristics that allowed its pilots to excel at dog-fighting. Soviet pilots regarded the Yak-9's performance as on the same level as the Bf 109G and Fw 190A-3/A-4. Fighter units with this aircraft suffered lower losses than average. Of 2,550 Yak-9s manufactured up the end of 1943, only 383 were lost in combat. 

In the second half of 1943, the famed Free French Normandie-Niémen unit became a Groupe and was equipped with the Yak-9. First Lieutenant A.I. Vybornov achieved 19 air victories, plus nine shared. He was awarded the Gold Star Medal of the Hero of the Soviet Union in June 1945. At the end of the war, on 22 March 1945, L.I. Sivko from 812.IAP achieved the first VVS air victory against a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.


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