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Yakovlev Yak-6 Aircraft Information

Yakovlev Yak-6

Yak-6

Manufacturer: Yakovlev
First flight: 1942
Introduced: 1942
Retired: 1950
Status: Retired
Primary user: Soviet Air Force
Number built: 381

The Yakovlev Yak-6 was a Soviet twin engined utility aircraft, developed and built during World War II. It was used as a short range light night bomber and a light transport.

Development

The Yak-6 was designed in the second half of 1941 to serve as an easy to build utility aircraft. It first flew in mid 1942 and was quickly cleared for production. It had a wooden structure, and in the production version had a fixed tailwheel undercarriage. 381 were built .

Operational history

The Yak-6 was used with great effect at the front line both as a transport (where it could carry cargo loads of up to 500 kg/1,102 lb), as a light night bomber and supplying partisans. By 1944, most operational units of the VVS had one as a utility aircraft.

Variants

Yak-6 : Twin-engined light utility transport aircraft.
NBB : Short-range night bomber aircraft.
Yak-6M : Improved version of the Yak-6.

Operators

France

Normandie-Niemen squadron transport plane

Soviet Union

Soviet Air Force

Mongolia

Mongolian People's Army Air Force - Transports units

Specifications (Yak-6)

Data from Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft

General characteristics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 4
Length: 10.35 m (33 ft 11.5 in)
Wingspan: 14 m (45 ft 11.25 in)
Height: ()
Wing area: 29.6 m (319 ft)
Empty weight: 1,368 kg (3,119 lb)
Loaded weight: 2,300 kg (5,071 lb)
Powerplant: 2x Shvetsov M-11 Radials, 104 kW (140 hp) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 187 km/h (116 mph)
Range: 900 km (559 mi)
Service ceiling: 3,380 m (11,090 ft)

Armament

1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun
Up to 500 kg (1,102 lb) bombs, or 10 x RS 82 rockets

Related development

Yak-8

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