The Yak-9 was one of the most successful fighters of World War II to serve in the
Red Army. The aircraft was developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau in response to the threat posed by the Luftwaffe`s FW 190 A-3. From the end of 1942 to the end of the war, the Yak-9 was widely used on all fronts and engaged the enemy on equal terms. With 15 470 aircraft delivered, the Yak-9 became the most popular fighter in the Red Army and was also used by the RK.KA Air Force and the Free French Normandie-Niemen Group. In all, 15 modification entered service and the most famous of these were: Yak-9D -extended-range version; Yak-9T - anti-tank version with 37 mm cannon; Yak-9K - heavily armoured version with 45 mm cannon.
A.Vorozheikin (52 victories), A.Koldunov, V.Kubarev (46 victories) and M.Albert
of the Normandie-Niemen Group (23 victories) are among those pilots who established
impressive combat records with this fighter.
The Yak-9 was also used by the Soviet and Chinese Air Forces in the Korean War.
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