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Yakovlev Yak-9D Frank 
Several Yak-9D delivered in summer of 1945. Long range escort fighter. Cockpit located over the wing centre-section. Used by 6th Fighter Polk for the fighter role. Withdrawn from service in 1948. Military type number 7087.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
28 white     1945  
      1945  
      1945  
      1945  

References:

  • Wings of Fame Vol.13
  • Red Star Vol.6: Yakovlev's Piston-Engined Fighters


Yakovlev Yak-9M Frank 
Ninety Yak-9M ordered 16 March 1945 and delivered in May 1945. Cockpit moved aft to location over the wing trailing edge. Used by 6th Fighter Polk for the fighter role. Ten aircraft used by 3rd (Advanced Training) Escadrila of the People's Air School in 1949. Withdrawn from service in late 1952. Military type number 7087.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
39 white     1945  
      1945  
754     1945  
      1945  

References:

  • Wings of Fame Vol.13
  • Red Star Vol.6: Yakovlev's Piston-Engined Fighters


Yak-9U 7 (white) seen at Krumovo on 9
September 2001. (photo, Joop de Groot - CRMAP)

Yakovlev Yak-9U Frank 
Thirty Yak-9U/UT delivered in the summer of 1945. Lengthened fuselage, no undernose air scoop, redesigned longer cockpit canopy, no radio mast. Yak-9UT was tank-busting version with NS-23 cannon barrel projecting from propeller spinner. Used by 6th Fighter Polk and later the 16th & 36th Fighter Aviopolk for the fighter role. Withdrawn from service in late 1952. Military type number 7087. One Yak-9U to Yakovlev OKB for restoration, then to Monino Museum.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
7     1945 Preserved Plovdiv/Krumovo Oct 2004
326 red     1945 Preserved Plovdiv/Krumovo
      1945  
      1945  
      1945  
      1945  
      1945  
      1945  
      1945  
      1945  

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • Wings of Fame Vol.13
  • Red Star Vol.6: Yakovlev's Piston-Engined Fighters


Yakovlev Yak-9P Frank 
Thirty Yak-9P delivered in 1948. Post-war version of Yak-9U, with clear panel in upper rear fuselage for direction finder loop, radio mast restored. Used by 6th Fighter Polk and later the 16th and 36th Aviopolk for the interceptor fighter role. Locally modified with fuel tanks in outer wings removed and replaced by two machine guns. Withdrawn from service in 1955. Military type number 7087.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
17 red?     1948  
45 white     1948  
      1948  
      1948  
      1948  
      1948  
      1948  
      1948  

References:

  • Wings of Fame Vol.13
  • Red Star Vol.6: Yakovlev's Piston-Engined Fighters


Yakovlev Yak-9V Frank 
Ten Yak-9V dual-control trainers delivered in mid 1945. Used by 6th Fighter Polk for the conversion training role. Withdrawn from service in 1955. Military type number 7087?

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
      1945  
      1945  

References:

  • Wings of Fame Vol.13
  • Red Star Vol.6: Yakovlev's Piston-Engined Fighters


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