Golovachev's Yak-9M

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Golovachev's Yak-9M
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.2 tTake-off weight
2.06 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10500 mCeiling
Klimov VK-105PFEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
720 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm ShVAK cannonWeapon 1
120 roundsAmmunition
800 shots/minFire rate
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunWeapon 2
200 roundsAmmunition
997 shots/minFire rate
Sl icon.png4500/8300/2800Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
160000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
142 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
240 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png230 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png60 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Russian fighter Golovachev's Yak-9M. For other uses, see Yak-9 (Family).


GarageImage Golovachevs Yak-9M.jpg

Golovachev's Yak-9M is a premium gift rank III Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB), 3.0 (RB), and 3.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory". The plane is painted after the camouflage scheme of Soviet pilot Pavel Y. Golovachev in the 900th fighter squadron from February 1945 onward, where he piloted a Yak-9M plane during the Battle of Berlin.

This vehicle, as with all Yaks, is a decent fighter when used properly. Climbing to ~ 2000 m will ensure that the fighter will have enough energy to engage targets. With flaps, the Yak-9M is a decent turner, though this should not be relied on as it quickly loses energy when fighting in the horizontal.

Golovachev's Yak-9M is the only Yak-9M in the game. It features a distinct camouflage with pre-applied decals and text along the fuselage, setting it apart visually from its contemporaries. With a nose-mounted 20 mm and a 12.7 mm Berezin machine gun, it has a fairly effective armament for a Russian fighter at this tier, though it is lacklustre compared to other nations.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 614 604 10500 17.7 18.4 15.6 14.6 350
Upgraded 633 617 17.5 18.0 18.7 16.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
720 320 N/A N/A 280 ~11 ~8
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 420 < 490 > 340
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
300 m 1,310 hp  ?,??? hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,600 m 1,240 hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

The Yak-9M isn't the worst protected aircraft, but it isn't great either. It has some armor protection, and the fuel tanks are self-sealing. Most of the fuel tanks are located in the wings, and one is located beneath the pilot's seat in the fuselage, along with the oil cooler. All of the important modules are located in the inner wings or the front half of the fuselage. You can not rely on the armor of the Yak-9M, although it may save you on a rare occasion.

  • 64 mm Bulletproof Glass - Windscreen
  • 64 mm Bulletproof Glass - Behind Pilot's Head
  • 8 mm Steel - Behind Pilot's Seat
  • Self-Sealing Fuel Tanks


Offensive armament

Golovachev's Yak-9M is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon, nose-mounted (120 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, nose-mounted (200 rpg)

Usage in battles

A distinct Boom & Zoom aircraft, it is important to have the altitude advantage over your opponents. Though this plane has quite a bit of power flight wise, it is lacking in the ability to sustain itself in prolonged fights, especially in turning engagements.

Japanese fighters will out-turn you in both the horizontal and vertical, though they, for the most-part, lack the punching power at this BR to quickly destroy you. As long as you keep your energy up, engaging any aircraft at this tier is no issue unless their have rear gunners.

Many will head-on this aircraft if you give them the opportunity. Since the Yak-9M doesn't have a particularly heavy armament, it is inadvisable to rely on sniping them in this type of engagement. Bomber gunners will shred your engine if you give them the opportunity, so engaging them from directly above or from the sides is preferable to ensure survival.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Cover New 20 mm cannons
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • The nose mounted cannon and machine gun allow for excellent aiming, even when convergence is set to close range
  • Decent acceleration and energy retention
  • Great elevator authority at most speeds


  • Low amount of ammo
  • The singular Berezin UB is a lackluster secondary
  • Engine is vulnerable to anything bigger than a 7.7 mm


Hero of the Soviet Union twice, Pavel Golovachev was credited with 31 aerial victories.

Pavel Golovachev

Pavel Golovachev was born on 15 December 1917 in the village of Koshelovo, in present-day Belarus. He entered trade school in 1933, graduated in 1935, and began working at a timber processing plant directly afterwards. He attended the Gomel aeroclub and graduated in 1938. He then went on to graduate from Odessa Military Aviation School of Pilots in 1940, after joining the military. His first assignment was to the 168th Fighter Aviation Regiment in Crimea.

Golovachev was stationed at lași when the Germans began Operation Barbarossa on 22 June 1941. He flew a number of ground attack missions in a Polikarpov I-16 until October of the same year, when he was transferred to the 69th Fighter Aviation Regiment (renamed to 9th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment in March 1942).

On one mission that year, Golovachev flew a mission that resulted in his hospitalization. He and his wingman were engaged by four Bf 109s. Golovachev shot down one of the enemy fighters before his cockpit glass and instruments were shot out by the others. Golovachev successfully completed a belly landing upon returning to base, as his landing gear had been damaged. Surgeons were able to remove all but five pieces of shrapnel.

On 23 August, Golovachev was hospitalized after another mission went wrong. In the engagement that day Golovachev shot down one Ju 88, but then lost consciousness after being hit by enemy cannon fire. When he regained consciousness his LaGG-33 was in a spin, but Golovachev was able to get his aircraft back into level flight. The tail then fell off, causing the aircraft to crash into the Don River.

After his recovery and subsequent release from the hospital, Golovachev was retrained to fly the Yak-1. As a lieutenant, Golovachev’s assignment was as a flight commander in the 3rd Squadron; the squadron was then commanded by Amet-khan Sultan, a flying ace. While flying for the squadron, Golovachev participated in a large number of engagements against German aircraft - many of the times the Germans had an advantage in numbers. He became a member of the Communist Party in 1943 and was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union for shooting down 17 enemy aircraft in November. He had by then participated in 92 dogfights and flown 225 sorties.

He was promoted to Captain in the summer of 1944, and was assigned as the deputy squadron commander. During a mission over East Prussia on 30 December 1944, Golovachev ran out of ammunition whilst attempting to down a German Ju-188, so he rammed the aircraft. As a result of the ramming his aircraft entered a dive, but he was able to pull out and make it back to the airfield. For this action he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

Golovachev became the commander of the first squadron in February 1945. On 25 April 1945, he scored his two last aerial victories when he shot down two German FW-190s. His total at the end of the war was 31 aerial victories, one group aerial victory, 457 sorties, and 125 aerial battles. On 29 June 1945, he was again awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

He remained in the Air Force after the end of the war, graduating from the Red Banner Air Force Academy in 1951, and in 1959 he graduated from the Military Academy of General Staff. He held several senior positions in the Air Force, becoming a General-Major of Aviation in 1957. He died in Belarus in 1972.

In-game description

The Yak-9 was a Soviet single-engine fighter of the WWII era. It was the first combat aircraft designed by Alexander Yakovlev's construction bureau. The most mass-produced Soviet fighter of the war, it remained in production from October 1942 to December 1948, with a total of 16,769 built.

The Yak-9 was a further modification of the Yak-1 and Yak-7. In its core design, it was a redesign of the Yak-7. With few external differences, Yak-9 was at the same time much more advanced internally. This is not unexpected, as almost two years of design and combat experience of the Yak series went into the Yak-9. Also, at the time aluminium was in much greater supply than it had been two years previously at the start of the war. Amongst other things, the use of metal allowed the plane's weight to be significantly reduced, meaning that more fuel could be stored and that the aircraft could be equipped with more powerful armament and more specialized equipment.


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See also

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A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Attackers  Yak-2 KABB
Yak-1  Yak-1 · Yak-1B
Yak-2  I-29
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-7  Yak-7B
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Yak-9K · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9P · Yak-9T · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT
Bombers  Yak-4
Jet Fighters  Yak-15P · Yak-15 · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30
Foreign Use  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T
Captured  ▀Yak-1B

USSR fighters
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis
I-153  I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28 · I-180S
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
I-225  I-225
MiG-3  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
LaGG  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
La  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20 · La-9 · La-11
Yak-1/7  Yak-1 · Yak-1B · Yak-7B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9T · Yak-9K · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT · Yak-9P
Other countries  ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Fw 190 D-9 · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc
P-39  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
P-63  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5

USSR premium aircraft
Fighters  I-16 type 28 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P · I-180S · I-301
  LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-11
  Yak-3 (VK-107) · Yak-3T · Golovachev's Yak-9M
  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15 · ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5
  ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc · ▂Fw 190 D-9
Twin-engine fighters  I-29 · TIS MA
Jet fighters  MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17AS
Attackers  IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2 M-82 · Su-6 · Tandem MAI
Bombers  Be-6 · MBR-2-M-34 · Pe-2-205 · TB-3M-17-32
  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30