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    It is, why do so many people disagree with me?

    It's

    -Fast
    -Has excelent Armourment
    -Out manouvers anything and everything esp the 3
    -It looks stunning
    -Often underestimated
    -Excelent visability esp rear

    Sure it is made of wood, but thats why its solight, nible, agile and quick.
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    its long time ago that i flew any version of the Yaks - but as example, try to intercept a formation of B-17s flying above 6000m ore try to escort them.

    but no, the good times of massive formations flying in COOP based online wars might be over .........
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    It's not good up high and in 1941 the 109F4 totally dominates it. The Yaks get better as the time goes on.

    I'd prefer a Yak for flying, but a Focke Wulf for fighting.
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    I always thought the Yak was like a LaGG, a slow, unmaneuverable, under armed piece of trash that falls apart from a single 20mm hit. Then I got owned by a few online which were impossibly fast, turned better than a spit and what not. Still, after some offline play in them, the earlier variants do indeed suck. They take a while to pick up speed, are really under armed (the whole point of a single machine gun is hilarious, of course there is the cannon but having just one machine gun is silly if not insignificant). Are the later models also made of wood? Because Some survided 1 or two 20mm hits from a 190 online without much impairment.

    -It looks stunning

    It looks horrible

    It's one of those planes that ****es me off because I think it's the lowest junk available and then one day I get humiliated by it. Thought the same thing about J2M before based on its silly looks. And jsut the other day a LAGG! caught me in my P-38 what the hell?? Yes I was carrying rockets but still!
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    Yaks are good, but fragile.. You have to be carefull who you come up against...
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    AWESOME
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    Look at those horns. Wow.
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    I flew a Yak-1B in a offline Stalingrad campaign mission the other day and I outran a 109G2 on the deck and fled home. He chased me but could not keep up. I lowered my prop pitch to 70 for few seconds to improve my acceleration then put it back on 100 and my mixture on 120. Made sure my supercharger was back down to stage one and off I went to speeds of about 550Kph, almost clipping trees and houses. Normally I would take on a G2 with a Yak but I had run out of ammo.

    A nice plane but I generally dislike Yaks because of the ammo load being almost non-existent!! This makes them less versatile than other fighters because they are not so hot at bomber interception. They run out of ammo before you can shoot down more than two or three bombers and then you are left with little or no ammo to take on their escorts. I usually try to decide on defensive mission whether I'm going to take on the escorts or the bombers. Because both is kind of out of the question unless I limit myself to just one bomber. And even then I have to shoot carefully and try to light him on fire or smoke his engines with a few lucky bursts. Sometimes I figure if I can just scare him into dropping his bombs I've accomplished something. As an escort of friendly bombers the Yak is pretty good.
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    Originally posted by ROXunreal:
    I always thought the Yak was like a LaGG, a slow, unmaneuverable, under armed piece of trash that falls apart from a single 20mm hit. Then I got owned by a few online which were impossibly fast, turned better than a spit and what not. Still, after some offline play in them, the earlier variants do indeed suck. They take a while to pick up speed, are really under armed (the whole point of a single machine gun is hilarious, of course there is the cannon but having just one machine gun is silly if not insignificant). Are the later models also made of wood? Because Some survided 1 or two 20mm hits from a 190 online without much impairment.

    -It looks stunning

    It looks horrible

    It's one of those planes that ****es me off because I think it's the lowest junk available and then one day I get humiliated by it. Thought the same thing about J2M before based on its silly looks. And jsut the other day a LAGG! caught me in my P-38 what the hell?? Yes I was carrying rockets but still!
    There have been plenty of times I ran out of cannon ammo in a Yak but had a few MG bursts left with my little single MG. And with that I could easily damage a super fragile 109 by lighty or heavily smoking his engine or even setting him ablaze. Just take careful aim and don't spray and pray. Never underestimate what can be done with just one small calibre machine gun against our less armored enemies. Also some fragile bombers like Stukas can be brought down with those last few sprays from Yak machine guns!! Never say never. Use what you have and use it well or you're no virtual fighter pilot.
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    It's worth getting to know the differences between the different versions of Yaks, particularly the early ones. Some of the early ones are clearly outmatched by 109's, but some other ones that look almost identical actually have much improved performance and armament and can surprise. But they don't truly catch up to their German contemporaries until the arrival of the Yak 9 in late 1942.
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