Fighter: Yak-1 - Russia (Europe 1940)

Fighter: Yak-1 - Russia (Europe 1940)

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Yakovlev Yak 1

Name

Length

Wingspan

Weight

Max Bomb-load

Armament

Speed

Ceiling

Range

Yakovlev Yak 1

27’ 9”

32’ 10”

5,610 lbs.

NA

1x20mm; 2x12.7mm

329 mph

29,500’

435mi.

 

Yakovlev 1/3/7/9 “Yak” Fighter

 

ID: Plastic “fighter” gaming piece: Yak fighter from the game Axis & Allies Europe 40 & Pacific 40.

 

The Story of the “Yak” Fighter: The official Axis & Allies Operations Manual lists these Soviet fighters as “Yak” fighters, leaving it somewhat ambiguous as to whether the Yak-1, Yak-3, Yak-7 or Yak-9 is the model that they intend to model.  Perhaps this is for the best, however, for these four models (and their numerous sub-types) really form one exceptionally large, and exceptionally successful, series.  The highly successful Yak-1 fighter evolved in two separate paths of evolution, the lighter, agile dogfighter, the Yak-3, and the heavier Yak-7 and Yak-9, heavier fighters with a longer range, which were also widely used as fighter-bombers and 2-seat trainers.  Added up together, 37,000 of the four Yak fighter variants were built, enough that when considered together they would just beat the Il-2 attack plane for the record of most produced military aircraft!  You just can’t argue with this kind of success!  Other excellent Soviet fighters made a contribution, the Lavochkin fighter series (especially the La-5) and the early MiG’s, but the Yak is clearly the undisputed champion of the World War 2 Soviet fighter force.

 

Usage Notes: Use this piece for “Global 1939” and “Invasion of Italy” Variants as a fighter unit.  Other Soviet aircraft of interest may be: Pe-8 Strategic Bomber & Ilyushin Il-2 “Sturmovik” Tactical Bomber.

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