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Su-9U Soviet Training Aircraft 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 72122

Theme: Military

Era : 1946-1959

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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Su-9U - Two-seat training variant (Maiden according to NATO classification), 50 aircraft built. It had a full set of weapons and radar with indicators in both cockpits, which allowed the cadets to practice all aspects of aircraft control, but the second cockpit forced them to cut the already small fuel supply, which made the aircraft practically unusable in combat.
Su-9 (NATO codification: Fishpot) is a Soviet single-engine all-weather fighter-interceptor. One of the first Soviet aircraft with a delta wing; the world's first fighter-interceptor, created as an integral part of a single interception complex.

Su-9 appeared as a result of research conducted by TsAGI during the Korean War. These studies have identified several optimal aerodynamic schemes for jet fighters. The prototype, designated T-3, made its first flight in May 1956, piloted by its test pilot V. N. Makhalin. The Su-9 was developed simultaneously with the Su-7, and both aircraft were first shown at the air parade in Tushino on June 24, 1956. The first production model of the Su-9 was lifted into the sky by V. S. Ilyushin on September 10, 1957. Soon, V. S. Ilyushin set world records for speed (2337 km / h) and altitude (29 km) on the Su-9.

The Su-9 was put into service in 1960.

Until the end of 1959, more than 150 vehicles were transferred to combat regiments, in particular, located in Krasnovodsk (Turkmenistan), Ozerny and Stry (Ukraine), Baranovichi (Belarus), Kilpyavre (Murmansk), Karshi (Uzbekistan). Aircraft were distilled to their bases under their own power.

By the mid-1960s, about 30 air regiments were armed with Su-9 aircraft. In particular, in the Moscow Air Defense District: 28th IAP (Krichev), 415th IAP (Tunoshna), 23rd IAP named after the 50th anniversary of the USSR at the Rzhev airfield; in the 8th Air Defense Army: 90th IAP (Artsiz), 179th IAP (Stryi), 894th IAP (Ozernoye), 136th IAP (Kirovskoye); in the 2nd Air Defense Army: 61st IAP (Baranovichi), 201st IAP (Machulishchi); in Siberia, to the 20th Air Defense Division - to the 849th IAP (Kupino).

In the mid-1960s, a flight of Su-9 fighter-interceptors was on combat duty at the airfield to provide air defense for the Baikonur cosmodrome.

In total, about 1,100 aircraft of this type were produced. These aircraft were not exported.

Until the end of the 1960s, when the MiG-25 began to enter service, the Su-9 remained the fastest and highest-altitude combat aircraft in the USSR. The remaining Su-9s and later Su-11s were withdrawn from service in the 1970s, some of them converted into remote-controlled aircraft. They were replaced by more advanced Su-15s and MiG-23s.