The definitive development of the Yak-1 series. The Yak-9 was a development of the Yak-7 with metal wing spars. The Yak-9 was built in long-range fighter, ground attack and trainer versions. From mid- 1944 onwards the Yak-9 was the numerically most important Soviet fighter.
During WWII 14579 were built; production continued until 1948 and totalled 16769.
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