Yakovlev Jak-15
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Yakovlev Jak-15


    Engine: 1x Junkers Jumo 004B turbojet (1st prototype all following aircraft 1x RD 10 turbojet)
    Wing Span: 9.2 m

    Length: 8.7 m

    Height: 2.27 m
    Weight: Empty 1,918 kg / Loaded 2,634 kg
    Maximum Speed: 805 km/h
    Ceiling: 13,350 m
    Range: 510 km
    Crew: 1
    Armament: 2x 23mm cannons in the nose


Yakovlev's first jet aircraft and the first jet aircraft completed in the USSR. The Yak-15 was an ingenious "quick-fix" solution to the Soviet need for jet engined fighters. Instructed in late February 1945 to make a jet fighter using a single German turbojet engine, the design was finished in May 1945 and construction of the prototype finished in October 1945. The Yak-15 was a derivative of the Yak-3, having only the front changed to accommodate the new power plant, this consisted of a new wing spar and fire wall, the fuselage truss was extended to two frames to hold the engine slightly nose up with the exhaust exit under the centre of the wing, a new frameless windscreen and canopy were fitted. It's first flight was on the 24/4/1946 three hours after the Mig-9, but there is no doubt the aircraft could have flown much sooner. All together 280 Yak-15's were made.
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A single example of the Yak-21T was built, from a Yak-15 off the production line in late 1946 and first flown in May 1947.

The conversion took the shape of the fitting a new cockpit in front of the pilot's cockpit and the fitting of a new side hinged canopy. The aircraft was painted dark green and numbered 101.

Another aircraft was fitted with a nose wheel and tested as the Yak-15U, this aircraft led to after a extensive redesign the Yak-17

The Yak-21T trainer
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