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Yakovlev Yak-23

Single-Seat Jet-Powered Day Fighter

Soviet Union | 1947

"The Soviet Yak-23 was the ultimate development of the Yak-15 and Yak-17 series of turobojet-powered post-war aircraft."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Yakovlev Yak-23 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Day Fighter.
1 x Klimov RD-500 turbojet engine developing 3,505 lb of thrust.
606 mph
975 kph | 526 kts
Max Speed
48,556 ft
14,800 m | 9 miles
Service Ceiling
746 miles
1,200 km | 648 nm
Operational Range
6,693 ft/min
2,040 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Yakovlev Yak-23 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Day Fighter.
26.6 ft
8.12 m
O/A Length
28.6 ft
(8.73 m)
O/A Width
10.9 ft
(3.31 m)
O/A Height
4,409 lb
(2,000 kg)
Empty Weight
6,693 lb
(3,036 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Yakovlev Yak-23 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Day Fighter .
2 x 23mm cannon (nose-mounted).

1 x 132lb conventional drop bomb.
Notable series variants as part of the Yakovlev Yak-23 family line.
Yak-23 - Series Model Designation
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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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Total Production: 310 Units

Contractor(s): Yakovlev - USSR
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