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Yakovlev Yak-23

Single-Seat Jet-Powered Day Fighter

Yakovlev Yak-23

Single-Seat Jet-Powered Day Fighter

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OVERVIEW



The Soviet Yak-23 was the ultimate development of the Yak-15 and Yak-17 series of turobojet-powered post-war aircraft.
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ORIGIN: Soviet Union
YEAR: 1947
MANUFACTURER(S): Yakovlev - USSR
PRODUCTION: 310
OPERATORS: Bulgaria; Czechoslovakia; Poland; Romania; Soviet Union
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Yakovlev Yak-23 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 26.64 feet (8.12 meters)
WIDTH: 28.64 feet (8.73 meters)
HEIGHT: 10.86 feet (3.31 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 4,409 pounds (2,000 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 6,693 pounds (3,036 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Klimov RD-500 turbojet engine developing 3,505 lb of thrust.
SPEED (MAX): 606 miles-per-hour (975 kilometers-per-hour; 526 knots)
RANGE: 746 miles (1,200 kilometers; 648 nautical miles)
CEILING: 48,556 feet (14,800 meters; 9.20 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 6,693 feet-per-minute (2,040 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



STANDARD:
2 x 23mm cannon (nose-mounted)

OPTIONAL:
1 x 132lb bomb
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Yak-23 - Series Model Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Yakovlev Yak-23 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Day Fighter.  Entry last updated on 6/18/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Yakovlev Yak-23 was the final iteration of the post-war turbojet designs beginning with the Yak-15 and continuing in the Yak-17 aircraft series. The Yak-23 was similar to the Yak-17 but differed in the utilization of higher-mounted horizontal tail surfacing. Another key difference in the design lay in the larger tail rudder design assembly.

The Yak-23 was a single-engine, single-crew jet-powered aircraft designed on a rudimentary fuselage. A straight-winged design - popular with jet designs of the time - adorned either site of the mid-to-rear mounted cockpit. The cockpit area sunk into the rearward part of the fuselage, adding to the aerodynamic element. The front of the fuselage was dominated by a cone-less intake opening with the turbojet exhaust located at mid-fuselage, just under the pilots seating arrangement. A powered tricycle-type landing gear rounded out the key technological engineering features.

Termed a "light-weight day fighter", the Yak-23 was armed with two 23mm cannons mounted in the nose - this being the now popular alternative to the machine gun-laced fighter designs of the Second World War. A single 132lb conventional bomb could be carrier under-fuselage as well, adding a hint of multirole capabilities.

Flying for the first time in June of 1947, the capable and agile Yak-23 actually used a licensed and imported version of the British Rolls-Royce Derwent engine in the form of the Klimov RD-500 powerplant mentioned above in the specifications. No fewer than 310 were produced and shipped out to Soviet-supported states in Eastern Europe. Yak-23's would eventually be superceded by the more capable delta wing MiG-15 jet-powered aircraft, calling an end to the Soviet barrel-type aircraft designs of the post-war USSR.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (606mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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