Yakovlev Yak-23: “Tanto se estira la cuerda que al final se rompe”.

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.

10 thoughts on “Yakovlev Yak-23: “Tanto se estira la cuerda que al final se rompe”.

    • The RD-500 didn’t equip any really long-service design , why waste time in its development? The RD-45/VK-1 had a better service life just because it was just the opposite.

  1. The RD-45/VK-1 was based on the Nene. Rolls-Royce (unsuccessfully) tried to claim £207m in licensing fees. Prime Minister Clement Attlee was an idiot. What was he thinking, Stalin was going to be his pal? That really worked well.

    • Yep, the selling included both engines. When Papa Stalin was informed of the possible proposal he said only “fools” could give away such technology…..,, the British did.

  2. Not only Britons provided RR engines to Stalin, but they supplied him with fuels and other commodities, BP served both Franco an Stalin, and also USA helped in making a metric version of one of their engines, mounted in Polikarpov I-16. Without allied help, Stalin won’t have survived the Werhmacht attack.
    Had this Yak, or it was the precedente version, a Jumo 004 turbine?

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