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Yakovlev Yak-15 Soviet Jet Fighter 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 7223

Theme: Military

Era : 1946-1959

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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Yak-15 (according to NATO classification: Feather - "Feather", originally Type 2) - the first jet fighter adopted by the Soviet Air Force. Developed on the basis of the Yak-3, first flew on April 24, 1946. In 1946-1947, 280 aircraft were built.

In the Soviet Air Force, the Yak-15 was considered a transitional aircraft and was used only for retraining flight personnel from piston fighters to jet fighters.

By the end of the war, jet aircraft appeared in the air forces of Germany, Great Britain and the USA, and it became clear that the USSR was significantly behind in the field of jet aircraft construction. All these countries produced jet aircraft in series. Acquaintance with captured German equipment made it possible to appreciate the huge backlog of the Red Army Air Force. The government decided to catch up and involved the country's best design bureaus in solving this problem.

After the Great Patriotic War, the Soviet Union got captured equipment and documentation. The aircraft themselves were not copied, but they decided to use the Jumo-004 (RD-10) engines, which were put into serial production. In April 1945, OKB A. S. Yakovlev was instructed to develop a jet aircraft with an RD-10 engine and a thrust of 900 kgf. They decided to make the aircraft based on the Yak-3 and install a jet engine in place of the piston engine, without changing the design as a whole.

The Yak-15 and MiG-9 aircraft became the first Soviet jet fighters. The Yak-15 took to the air two hours after the MiG-9 took off, this happened on April 24, 1946. The plane was lifted into the sky by test pilot Mikhail Ivanov.