Yakovlev Yak-6/NBB


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Yakovlev Yak-6/NBB

Conceived as a light utility transport, the twin-engined low-wing Yakovlev Yak-6 was largely of wooden construction and flown for the first time in June 1942; it had retractable tailwheel landing gear and accommodated two crew and four passengers. An NBB (or short-range night bomber) version had external racks for five 100kg bombs under the fuselage and provision for a single 7.7mm ShKAS machine-gun, but the Yak-6 could also be equipped to carry stores or freight (including a 500kg external load) or for use as an ambulance aircraft, glider tug or close-support aircraft carrying 10 RS-82 rockets. Often flown with the main landing gear units locked down, the Yak-6 was also used to supply partisans, and by 1944 most operational units had one of these aircraft to ferr y personnel between bases. Production totalled about 1,000.

The Yak-6M was an improved version which finally led to the somewhat larger Yak-8, the prototype of which was first flown at the beginning of 1944. This was to have been a dedicated transport, essentially for military use, with accommodation for up to six passengers, but in the absence of anticipated higher-power engines its performance was disappointing and no series production ever took place.

Yakovlev Yak-6/NBB

 ENGINE2 x M-11F, 103kW
  Take-off weight2350 kg5181 lb
  Wingspan14.0 m46 ft 11 in
  Length10.4 m34 ft 1 in
  Wing area29.6 m2318.61 sq ft
  Max. speed180 km/h112 mph
  Cruise speed150 km/h93 mph
  Range880 km547 miles
 ARMAMENT1 machine-guns, 500kg of bombs

Karl Crannell, e-mail, 14.05.2009 05:32

I'm looking for information on the interior layout of the Yak-6. It looks like the main spar ran through the fuselage just behind the pilot's seat. Was there also a bulkhead here? As far as passenger seating was concerned, I imagine that there were six seats, with three on each side. Is this correct?


Dmitriy, e-mail, 26.09.2008 12:10

need foto and drowe (Yak-6 NBB)


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