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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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'''{{Specs|name}}''' is a premium gift rank {{Specs|rank}} Soviet fighter {{Battle-rating}}. 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.
[[File:GarageImage_Golovachevs_Yak-9M.jpg|420px|thumb|left|'''{{PAGENAME}}''' in the garage]]
 
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'''{{Specs|name}}''' is a Rank {{Specs|rank}} Russian fighter {{Battle-rating|2}}. This aircraft 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.
 
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.  
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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 ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight Performance ===
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=== Flight performance ===
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
! colspan="8" | ''Stock''
 
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,000 m)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,000 m)
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(metres)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(metres/second)
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(metres)
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! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
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| 614 || 604 || 10,500 || 17.7 || 18.4 || 15.6 || 14.6 || 350
 
 
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|-
! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
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|-
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,000 m)
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! Stock
! rowspan="2" |Max altitude (meters)
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| 614 || 604 || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} || 17.7 || 18.4 || 15.6 || 14.6 || rowspan="2" | 350
! colspan="2" | Turn time (seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run (meters)
 
 
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! RB
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| 633 || 617 || 17.5 || 18.0 || 18.7 || 16.0
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
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| 633 || 617 || 10,500 || 17.5 || 18.0 || 18.7 || 16.0 || 350
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
====Details====
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==== Details ====
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! colspan="5" | Features
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
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|-
! Combat flap
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! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
! Take-off flap
 
! Landing flap
 
! Air brakes
 
! Arrestor gear
 
 
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| X || X || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
 
| X || X || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
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! colspan="5" | Limits
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! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Wings (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Combat flap<br> (km/h)
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! colspan="3" | Flaps (km/h)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
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! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
! -
 
 
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| 720 || 420 || 310 || ~20 || ~15
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| {{Specs|destruction|body}} || {{Specs|destruction|gear}} || N/A || N/A || 280 || ~12 || ~9
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities
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! Ailerons<br>(km/h)
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! Ailerons !! Rudder !! Elevators !! Radiator
! Rudder<br>(km/h)
 
! Elevators<br>(km/h)
 
! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
 
|-
 
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| < 380 || < 420 || < 490 || > 270
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| < 380 || < 420 || < 490 || > 340
 
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|-
 
|}
 
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| 300 m || 1,310 hp || ?,??? hp
 
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! colspan="3" | Setting 2
 
! colspan="3" | Setting 2
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| 2,600 m || 1,240 hp || ?,??? hp  
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| 2,600 m || 1,240 hp || ?,??? hp
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! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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* No armour plating
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* No armour glazing
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* Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
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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.
* More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage
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* 64 mm Bulletproof Glass - Windscreen
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* 64 mm Bulletproof Glass - Behind Pilot's Head
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* 8 mm Steel - Behind Pilot's Seat
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* Self-Sealing Fuel Tanks
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=== Modifications and economy ===
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== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
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=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{main|ShVAK (20 mm)|Berezin UB (12.7 mm)}}
 
{{main|ShVAK (20 mm)|Berezin UB (12.7 mm)}}
  
The '''''Golovachev's Yak-9M''''' is armed with:
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'''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
  
 
* 1 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon, nose-mounted (120 rpg)
 
* 1 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon, nose-mounted (120 rpg)
 
* 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, nose-mounted (200 rpg)
 
* 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, nose-mounted (200 rpg)
  
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=== Defensive armament ===
 
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== Usage in the battles ==
 
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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.
 
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.
  
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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.
 
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===
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=== Manual Engine Control ===
 
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! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
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|-
! rowspan="2" |Mixer
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! rowspan="2" | Mixer
! rowspan="2" |Pitch
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! rowspan="2" | Pitch
! colspan="3" |Radiator
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! colspan="3" | Radiator
! rowspan="2" |Supercharger
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! rowspan="2" | Supercharger
! rowspan="2" |Turbocharger
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! rowspan="2" | Turbocharger
 
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! Oil
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! Oil !! Water !! Type
! Water
 
! Type  
 
 
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|-
| Controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Separate || rowspan="2" | Not ontrollable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable
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| Controllable || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Auto control available || Controllable<br>Auto control available || Separate || Controllable<br>2 gears || Not controllable
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===Modules===
 
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!colspan = "2"| Flight performance
 
!colspan = "1"| Survivability
 
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| II
 
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| III
 
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
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* The nose mounted cannon and machine gun allow for excellent aiming, even when convergence is set to close range
 
* The nose mounted cannon and machine gun allow for excellent aiming, even when convergence is set to close range
 
* Decent acceleration and energy retention
 
* Decent acceleration and energy retention
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'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
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* Low amount of ammo
 
* Low amount of ammo
 
* The singular Berezin UB is a lackluster secondary
 
* The singular Berezin UB is a lackluster secondary
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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[[File:Pavel_Golovachev.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Hero of the Soviet Union Sergei Dolgushin twice, Pavel Golovachev was credited with 31 aerial victories.]]
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[[File:Pavel_Golovachev.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Hero of the Soviet Union twice, Pavel Golovachev was credited with 31 aerial victories.]]
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=== Pavel Golovachev ===
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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=== Yak-9M ===
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The first Yak-9M began testing at the Air Force Research Institute on 17 December 1944, and testing ended on the 27th of the same month. Production of the Yak-9M had actually started ten months earlier at factory #153; production lasted between May 1944 and June 1945, with a total of 4239 Yak-9Ms produced.
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The Yak-9M was an improvement of the Yak-9D, and it featured a new VK-105PF2 engine and VISh-105SV-01 propeller. Additionally, the cockpit was moved 400 mm (40 cm) towards the rear of the fuselage. The Yak-9M incorporated a jettisonable canopy, automatic water temperature control unit, and a pneumatic rather than mechanical armament control - the Yak-9M was the first Yak-9 to include these features. The performance of the Yak-9M was comparable to that of the Yak-9D, but with the large number of improvements listed above.
  
 
=== In-game description ===
 
=== 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.  
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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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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.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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== See also ==
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''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:''
  
== Read also ==
 
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,''
 
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
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* [https://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/235707-yakovlev-yak-9m/ Official data sheet - more details about the performance]
  
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This page is about the Russian fighter Golovachev's Yak-9M. For other uses, see Yak-9 (Family).
Golovachev's Yak-9M
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Golovachev's Yak-9M
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Description

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

Max speed
at 4 000 m617 km/h
Turn time18 s
Max altitude10 500 m
EngineKlimov VK-105PF
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 614 604 10500 17.7 18.4 15.6 14.6 350
Upgraded 633 617 17.5 18.0 18.7 16.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
720 320 N/A N/A 280 ~12 ~9
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

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural720 km/h
Gear320 km/h

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

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB3 200 Sl icon.png
RB9 500 Sl icon.png
SB5 200 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts160 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces640 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 60 / 220 / 240 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Mods ammo.png
ub_belt_pack
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
ub_new_gun
Mods ammo.png
shvak_belt_pack
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
shvak_new_gun

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition120 rounds
Fire rate800 shots/min
Ammunition200 rounds
Fire rate996 shots/min

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
Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

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

History

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.

Yak-9M

The first Yak-9M began testing at the Air Force Research Institute on 17 December 1944, and testing ended on the 27th of the same month. Production of the Yak-9M had actually started ten months earlier at factory #153; production lasted between May 1944 and June 1945, with a total of 4239 Yak-9Ms produced.

The Yak-9M was an improvement of the Yak-9D, and it featured a new VK-105PF2 engine and VISh-105SV-01 propeller. Additionally, the cockpit was moved 400 mm (40 cm) towards the rear of the fuselage. The Yak-9M incorporated a jettisonable canopy, automatic water temperature control unit, and a pneumatic rather than mechanical armament control - the Yak-9M was the first Yak-9 to include these features. The performance of the Yak-9M was comparable to that of the Yak-9D, but with the large number of improvements listed above.

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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A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau (Яковлев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Yak-1  Yak-1 · Yak-1B
Yak-2  Yak-2 KABB · I-29
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-4  Yak-4
Yak-7  Yak-7B
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Yak-9K · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9P · Yak-9T · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT
Jet Fighters  Yak-15P · Yak-15 · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30 · Yak-38 · Yak-38M
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-29  I-29
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
I-225  I-225
ITP  ITP (M-1)
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 · ITP (M-1)
  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
Jet fighters  Su-11 · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17AS
Strike aircraft  IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2 M-82 · Su-6 · Tandem MAI · TIS MA · Yak-38
Bombers  Be-6 · MBR-2-M-34 · Pe-2-205 · TB-3M-17-32
  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30