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Yakovlev Yak-23


Single-Seat Jet-Powered Day Fighter (1947)


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



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 03/16/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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 Yak-23's would eventually be superceded by the more capable delta wing MiG-15 jet-powered aircraft, calling an end to the Soviet barrel-type aircraft designs of the post-war USSR.

Specifications



Service Year
1947

Origin
Soviet Union national flag graphic
Soviet Union

Status
RETIRED
Not in Service.
Crew
1

Production
310
UNITS


Yakovlev - USSR
National flag of Bulgaria National flag of Czechia National flag of Poland National flag of Romania National flag of the Soviet Union Bulgaria; Czechoslovakia; Poland; Romania; Soviet Union
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.


Length
26.6 ft
(8.12 m)
Width/Span
28.6 ft
(8.73 m)
Height
10.9 ft
(3.31 m)
Empty Wgt
4,409 lb
(2,000 kg)
MTOW
6,693 lb
(3,036 kg)
Wgt Diff
+2,284 lb
(+1,036 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Yakovlev Yak-23 production variant)
Installed: 1 x Klimov RD-500 turbojet engine developing 3,505 lb of thrust.
Max Speed
606 mph
(975 kph | 526 kts)
Ceiling
48,556 ft
(14,800 m | 9 mi)
Range
746 mi
(1,200 km | 2,222 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
6,693 ft/min
(2,040 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Yakovlev Yak-23 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
STANDARD:
2 x 23mm cannon (nose-mounted).

OPTIONAL:
1 x 132lb conventional drop bomb.


Supported Types


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Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 1


Yak-23 - Series Model Designation


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