Knowledge of Red planes is scarce and hard to come by. Yet quite a bit has been put together. The following is compiled from military experts in the U.S., France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Germany, Jane's All the World's Aircraft (1951 edition), and Aviation Age magazine.


YAK9 (Yakovlev), single-engine World War II interceptor. Speed, 442 m.p.h.; rate of climb, 4,000 ft. a min.; ceiling, 36,000 ft.; range, 800 miles; armament, one hub-firing 20-mm. cannon, two 12.7-mm. machine guns. Production discontinued, but still being used by satellite air forces and as advanced trainers in...

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