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Founded in 1927, the design bureau headed by Aleksandr S. Yakovlev started out with light aircraft but soon became a "fighter maker" when the prospect of war loomed large.

Originally designated I-26, Yakovlev's simple but rugged fighter, first flew in 1940 and entered production at the end of the year as the Yak-1.

The Yak-9 followed in 1942 and brought a greater proportion of metal to the airframe design leading to the development of the long-range Yak-9D, the up-gunned tank buster versions (Yak-9-37, Yak-9T, Yak-9K etc.) and the Yak-9B light bomber.

Later flown by the French pilots of the Normandie-Niemen squadron of the Soviet Air Force the Yak-3 introduced in 1943 came to be recognized as one of the best fighters of WW II.

This detailed history is richly illustrated with unit badges, nose art, scale drawings, color side views and three-views. Previously unreleased photos and personal stories from pilots in the Great Patriotic War ensure Yakovlev Fighters of World War II is a detailed reference source for modelers, enthusiasts and historians alike.

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The Yak-1, Yak-7, Yak-9 and Yak-3 are probably the best known and most successful of the Soviet Union's piston-engined fighters of the Second World War with a total of over 35,000 built in six factories and an outstanding service record.

Penned by Aleksander S. Yakovlev in 1940, when the Soviet Union desperately needed to substantially upgrade and put into series production modern fighters which could compare and compete with their Western contemporaries, the Yak-1 and ensuing series were well-suited to the battle conditions on the Soviet-German front and could be both easily constructed by unskilled labor and flown effectively by relatively inexperienced pilots.

Not only did the series give sterling service in Soviet use, but was also used by countries in the Soviet sphere of influence and appeared in British, German and American markings.

This extensively-illustrated volume presents in unsurpassed detail the development, history, and technical specifications of each type in this famous line of Soviet fighters, plus projects, research and experimental versions, drawing on extensive material culled from unprecedented access to company archives and other previously closed sources.

About the Author:

Yefim Gordon is one of Russia's leading aviation writers and publishers. He is the author of many books on Soviet aviation and currently lives in Moscow.

In 1956 Sergey Komissarov started collecting photographs and books on the history of Soviet aviation, accumulating a considerable archive. In retirement, he devoted himself entirely to his hobby and embarked on the career of an aviation journalist. At present he is Deputy Chief Editor of the Moscow-based Krylya Rodiny (Wings of Motherland) magazine. He has published a number of articles on the history of Yakovlev aircraft, notably the Yak-18, Yak-11, Yak-12, Yak-23 and Yak-40. He is also the author or (mostly) co-author of a dozen of books on the history of Soviet aviation, published in English, in cooperation with Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov.

Dmitriy Komissarov is a respected authority on Russian and Soviet aviation. He works in the publishing industry and lives in Moscow.

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