At the end of WW2 the arrival of jet engine opened a whole new arena for innovation. Yet there were some who found hard to break with tradition. One of them was Alexander Yakovlev OKB. That philosophy proved to be good enough in producing their successful “pod-and-boom” Yak-15/17 stopgap so, why not? The Yak-23 was the ultimate evolution of that formula refined aerodynamically, powered by a RR Derwent knock-off and equipped with a tricycle landing gear. First flown in 1947, this neat tiny fighter displayed decent performances…., for a straight-wing jet fighter. Production soon followed, but just a short one because against the MiG-15 it had not a chance.
“The rope is stretched so much that it finally breaks”. Such a slick design anyway.