Yakolev Yak-3

Volkel Air Show 2009

The Yakolev Yak-3 World War 2 fighter plane made his first flight as I-30 on 12 April 1941. The second prototype crashed during flight tests and was written off. Although evaluation aircraft flew in combat, the first series Yak-3s did not enter operation with the 91st IAP until July 1944.

Developing nation: Soviet Union/Russia.
Manufacturer/designer:
Yakovlev Design Bureau.
Production:
1941 – 1946.
Number built: 4848
Type aircraft: Fighter.
First flight: 12 April 1941 I-30.
First delivery: 1944.


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 8.5 m (27 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.2 m (30 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 2.39 m (7 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 14.85 sq m (159.8 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 2,105 kg (4,640 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 2,692 kg (5,864 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Klimov VK-105PF-2 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 1,120 kW (1,620 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 655 km/h (407 mph)
  • Range: 650 km (405 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 10,700 m (35,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 18.5 m/s (3,645 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 181 kg/sq m (36.7 lb/sq ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.36 kW/kg (0.22 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 1 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon,
    • 2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UBS machine guns

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