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.
| ENGINE||2 x M-11F, 103kW|
| Take-off weight||2350 kg||5181 lb|
| Wingspan||14.0 m||46 ft 11 in|
| Length||10.4 m||34 ft 1 in|
| Wing area||29.6 m2||318.61 sq ft|
| Max. speed||180 km/h||112 mph|
| Cruise speed||150 km/h||93 mph|
| Range||880 km||547 miles|
| ARMAMENT||1 machine-guns, 500kg of bombs|
|Karl Crannell, 14.05.2009|
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?
need foto and drowe (Yak-6 NBB)
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?