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Rnd 1 Grp E - Yakovlev Yak -1,3,7 & 9 (Russia) vs Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI Toryu (Japan)

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  • Don Juan
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    Yak. Easiest choice of any of these polls.

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  • panther3485
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    The Yak series were effective fighters; some variants outstanding, the type rendering excellent service during WW2 and after. ... .. and almost 37,000 were built.

    Not even a question.

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  • panther3485
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    Originally posted by broderickwells View Post
    "Anybody who does not vote Yak is suffering from a mental affliction .... "
    ... or maybe dead from the neck upwards, you reckon?

    Seriously though, I haven't voted yet but when I do there'll be serious temptation to cast a sympathy vote here and there. In particular, I feel pain for the planes that haven't got a single vote yet.

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  • vikram72
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    Yak's win

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  • broderickwells
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    Anybody who does not vote Yak is suffering from a mental affliction such is their influence and significance

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  • kurt tank 152
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    i vote for the Yak, mainly the Yak-3. it was the best soviet fighter of the war, i read that Luftwaffe pilots had instructions to avoid combat with Yak fighters without radiators on the nose!





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  • BELGRAVE
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    Originally posted by DeltaOne View Post
    Panther3485 - I salute you for organizing this contest. You obviously spent a lot of time collecting write-ups that we could use to make our selections.
    A sincere 'Thanks',
    D1
    Seconded with acclamation.

    (The Yak).

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  • DeltaOne
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    Panther3485 - I salute you for organizing this contest. You obviously spent a lot of time collecting write-ups that we could use to make our selections.
    A sincere 'Thanks',
    D1

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    This was a one-sided contest....

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  • Pruitt
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    A whole family of Yak fighters versus a two engine Japanese fighter? The Yaks hands down.

    Pruitt

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  • Rnd 1 Grp E - Yakovlev Yak -1,3,7 & 9 (Russia) vs Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI Toryu (Japan)

    71
    Yakovlev Yak 1,3,7 & 9 (Russia)
    90.14%
    64
    Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI Toryu (Japan)
    9.86%
    7

    The poll is expired.

    Round 1, Group E: Yakovlev Yak -1,3,7 & 9 (Soviet Union/Russia) vs Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI Toryu (Japan)


    Yakovlev Yak -1,3,7 & 9
    The Soviet Yak fighter series, coming into service during WW2, was one of the most important and successful types to emerge from that conflict. The very first Yaks were not quite equal to the best German fighters but the type improved in successive steps to become very competitive indeed, with the Yak 3 and Yak 9 being particularly so. This, coupled with the sheer numbers produced, makes the Yak series a strong candidate in our tournament.
    Yak-1: The Yak-1 was extremely maneuverable, fast and well armed and, just as importantly, easy to maintain and reliable. It formed an excellent basis for subsequent developments from the Yakovlev bureau. In fact it was the founder of a family of aircraft, with some 37,000 being built. As a reward, designer Alexander Yakovlev was awarded the Order of Lenin – the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union – together with 100,000 rubles in prize money and a Zis motor car.
    Yak 3: The Yak-3 was much liked by both pilots and ground crew. It was one of the smallest and lightest major combat fighters fielded by any nation during the war, and its high power-to-weight ratio gave it excellent performance. A cut-down rear deck and all-round vision canopy aided visibility for the pilot. In the right hands it proved to be a very formidable dogfighter. Marcel Albert, World War II French ace, who flew the Yak in Russia with the Normandie-Niémen Group considered it superior (for his preferences at least) to the P-51D Mustang and the Supermarine Spitfire. After the war ended, the Yak-3 served with the Yugoslav and Polish Air Forces.
    Yak-7: The Yak-7 was developed from the earlier Yak-1 fighter, initially as a trainer but converted into a fighter. It was built in both single-seat and two-seat versions with the single-seat 7B being produced in large numbers. As both a fighter and later reverting to its original training role, the Yak-7 proved to be a capable aircraft and was well liked by air crews. The Yak-7 was simpler, tougher and generally better than the Yak-1.
    Yak-9: The Yak-9 was fundamentally a lighter development of the Yak-7 with the same armament, arriving at the front at the end of 1942. In common with the Yak-3, the Yak-9 had a lowered rear fuselage decking and all-around vision canopy. Its lighter airframe gave the new fighter a flexibility that previous models had lacked. The Yak-9 remained in production from 1942 to 1948, with 16,769 built (14,579 during the war). Towards the end of the war, it was the first Soviet aircraft to shoot down a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet. Following World War II it was used by the North Korean Air Force during the Korean War.

    Kawakasaki Ki-45 KAI Toryu
    The Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu ("Dragon Slayer") was used by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War 2. At first it was rejected but with improvements that included more powerful engines, it was accepted and officially adopted for service in February 1942. It was initially used as a long-range fighter escort but in common with the German Messerschmitt Bf 110, it was found that it could not survive against determined opposition from single-engined fighters. The Ki-45 was subsequently deployed in several theaters in the roles of interception, attack (anti-ground as well as anti-shipping) and fleet defense. In New Guinea, the IJAAF used the aircraft in an anti-ship role, where the Ki-45 was heavily armed with one 37 mm (1.46 in) and two 20 mm cannon and could carry two 250 kg (550 lb) bombs on hard points under the wings. However, its greatest strength turned out to be as an anti-bomber interceptor and night fighter. Lack of radar was a continuing problem and in any case, earlier versions struggled to intercept B-29s. However, there were somewhat better results with an improved variant developed specifically for night-fighter operations.


    What's your take on this match? Will you vote for the Yaks or the Toryu?

    Only one of these two candidates will make it to the next round!

    Which of them is the more significant and/or influential?



    Candidate #71 - Yakovlev Yak 1,3,7 & 9 (Soviet Union/Russia)

    Full Service From (approx) – 1941
    Quantity produced - 36,737
    User Nations - Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, China, France, Hungary, Mongolia, North Korea, Poland, Yugoslavia

    For further info & some technical details, you can start with Wiki here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakovlev_Yak-1
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakovlev_Yak-3
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakovlev_Yak-7
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakovlev_Yak-9


    Yak-7



    Yak-9





    Candidate #72 - Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI Toryu (Japan)

    Full Service From (approx) – 1942
    Quantity produced - 1,701
    User Nations - Japan, China

    For further info & some technical details, you can start with Wiki here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_Ki-45










    Consider the criteria with care! You decide!
    Last edited by panther3485; 07 Mar 15, 02:25.

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