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RichardI
04-16-2004, 08:10 AM
From the AVHistory website where they have just released a CFS3 version of this plane:
The Yak 9U was the improved version of the Yak 9 fighter, in the words of German fighter ace Gerhard Barkhorn (301 victories), I fought against all types of Soviet fighter, including those supplied under Lend-Lease (spitfire, hurricane, P-40, P-39, P-51), and the Yak-9 was the best. In mock dogfights with aircraft supplied by the Allies, the Yak-9 bested all. In fact, the senior officer of the English No. 234 Squadron (P-51 squadron) James Eric Storrar preferred to fly a Yak-9 which was rotated to other pilots on a seniority basis. In the final week of the war a single Yak 9UT regiment destroyed 27 Fw 190s and one Bf 109 for the loss of two aircraft. During this period the Yak 9U averaged one kill for each 31 rounds of ammunition expended.

Jeeze, was the 9U really that good??

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RichardI
04-16-2004, 08:10 AM
From the AVHistory website where they have just released a CFS3 version of this plane:
The Yak 9U was the improved version of the Yak 9 fighter, in the words of German fighter ace Gerhard Barkhorn (301 victories), I fought against all types of Soviet fighter, including those supplied under Lend-Lease (spitfire, hurricane, P-40, P-39, P-51), and the Yak-9 was the best. In mock dogfights with aircraft supplied by the Allies, the Yak-9 bested all. In fact, the senior officer of the English No. 234 Squadron (P-51 squadron) James Eric Storrar preferred to fly a Yak-9 which was rotated to other pilots on a seniority basis. In the final week of the war a single Yak 9UT regiment destroyed 27 Fw 190s and one Bf 109 for the loss of two aircraft. During this period the Yak 9U averaged one kill for each 31 rounds of ammunition expended.

Jeeze, was the 9U really that good??

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Lazy312
04-16-2004, 08:20 AM
i think it was a really good fighter but it suffered serious overheating problems up to end of 1944.

another interesting thing:

it was compared with P63. it was found Yak9U can escape King Cobra easily in a dive. P63 outturned it however..

wooden planes, iron men

VW-IceFire
04-16-2004, 11:29 AM
I've read the same story a few places. The UT in particular was apparently extremely deadly (37mm cannon and 2 B-20 cannons).

I've also had it said that the Yak-9U was the Russian version of the P-51. Not in terms of exact comparison of performance but just in terms of its appeal, reputation, and general ability in combat. Not many people fly it online because its not as fast or as manuverable as the La-7 but its a good fighter and it dives really nicely. Even so, its still quite agile and the 9UT may become a favorite.

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robban75
04-16-2004, 12:13 PM
The Yak-9U had an excellent climbrate aswell as outstanding manouverability. It wasn't as manouverable as the Yak-3 but it was faster. I'm not sure about the diving abilities of the 9U, perhaps it was good compared to other russian fighters, the Fw 190D-9 could outdive it without effort though. One thing is certain, it's the best looking VVS bird by far! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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Stalker58
04-16-2004, 12:18 PM
Yak 9U with metal spars was good diver, it was "low alt"/"short legged" Stang for VVS.
/Was Yak 9U the last Hartmann's victory in May '45?/

Altitude, speed, manoeuvre and.... CRASH!

TheGozr
04-16-2004, 12:22 PM
yes

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Warhag
04-16-2004, 02:28 PM
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[This message was edited by Warhag on Fri April 16 2004 at 01:38 PM.]

WUAF_Co_Hero
04-16-2004, 04:39 PM
I agree: the 9U is definitely the sexiest looking VVS bird. That's not saying much though, look at the competetion *cough* Rata *cough* http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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buz13
04-16-2004, 05:28 PM
I don't know how good it was but one of the 4 remaining originals is coming to Seattle.
http://www.museumofflight.org/collections/champlindisplay.html?ID=129

WUAF_Badsight
04-16-2004, 05:39 PM
it isnt as strong as it should be in FB

if we are comparing it to the FB Yak-3

Bull_dog_
04-16-2004, 06:31 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WUAF_Badsight:
it isnt as strong as it should be in FB

if we are comparing it to the FB Yak-3<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I totally agree with Badsight...the 9U was the Soviet Yak to beat...fast, manueverable and climb like a mountain goat. I think it is slightly undermodelled actually in FB...of course I don't think the Yak-3 is overmodelled either! Late model Yaks were devistatingly agile and dangerous...