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Yakovlev Yak-3

Yakovlev Yak-3UA F-AZXZ/4 Soviet Air Force

The Yakovlev Yak-3 was a World War II Soviet fighter aircraft.

  • Role: Fighter
  • National origin: Russia
  • Manufacturer: Yakovlev
  • First flight: 12 April 1941
  • Introduction: 1944
  • Status: Privately owned, or in museums
  • Retired: 1952
  • Number built: 4.848

Yakovlev Yak-3UA F-AZLY/5 Soviet Air Force

Military operators

  • France, Normandie-Niemen squadron
  • Air Force of the Polish Army
  • Soviet Air Force
  • SFR Yugoslav Air Force

Yakovlev Yak-3UA F-AZXZ/4 Soviet Air Force

Specifications (Yak-3)

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 m² (159.8 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,105 kg (4,640 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 2,692 kg (5,864 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Klimov VK-105PF-2 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 970 kW (1,300 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/m² (36.7 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 0.36 kW/kg (0.22 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 1 × 20 mm ShVAK cannon, with 150 rounds
    • 2 × 12.7 mm Berezin UBS machine guns with 170 rpg

Antonov An-2

Antonov An-2 D-FKME Donau-Air-Service

The Antonov An-2 (Russian nickname: “Annushka” or “Annie”) is a Soviet mass-produced single-engine biplane utility/agricultural aircraft.

  • Role: Agricultural and utility aircraft
  • National origin: Soviet Union
  • Manufacturer: Antonov/WSK PZL-Mielec
  • First flight: 31 August 1947
  • Introduction: 1947
  • Produced: 1947–2002
  • Number built: 18,000+

Specifications (An-2)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1–2
  • Capacity: 12 passengers
  • Length: 12.4 m (40 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: ** Upper wing: 18.2 m (59 ft 8 in)
    • Lower wing: 14.2 m (46 ft 9 in))
  • Height: 4.1 m (13 ft)
  • Wing area: 71.52 m² (769.8 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 3,300 kg (7,300 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 5,440 kg (12,000 lb)
  • Useful load: 2,140 kg (4,700 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Shvetsov ASh-62IR 9-cylinder supercharged radial engine, 750 kW (1,000 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 258 km/h (139 kn, 160 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 190 km/h (100 kn, 120 mph)
  • Stall speed: ~50 km/h (26 knots, 30 mph)
  • Range: 845 km (456 nmi, 525 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,750 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 3.5 m/s (700 ft/min)
  • Power/mass: 0.136 kW/kg (0.083 hp/lb)