Yak-1 was a Soviet WWII single-engine fighter with a composite fuselage and wooden wing. It has a lot of modifications, including a winter variant, equipped with retractable ski landing gear. As far as such construction leads to many technical difficulties during its exploitation and maintenance, the USSR Air Force command decided in the end of 1941 to use on the Yak-1 special de-attachable skis on the wheel undercarriage instead the complicated ski gear.
|Minimum age||For modellers 14+|
|Country of origin||Ukraine|
Detailed review in the Greek online magazine: Modellingnews.gr (English)
"As Hitler invaded Russia on 22nd June 1941, the Soviet Air Forces scrambled to get as many aircraft on the front line as possible. The Yakovlev Yak-1 had been designed as an escort fighter for the low-flying Il-2 Shturmovik and was ideally suited for low-altitude combat."Read it