No. 9444. Sukhoi Su-9 Soviet Air Force
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Sukhoi Su-9

11/30/2009. Sukhoi was authorized construction of two flying prototypes and a static-test airframe of its first jet aircraft in May 1944. The all-metal single-seat fighter/bomber, also known as Samolet (Aircraft) K, had strikingly similar general appearance to the Messerschmitt Me 262, and under-wing engine nacelles almost identical apart from having longer inlet ducts making engine nose bullet less visible.

The pilot was seated on an ejection seat in a pressurized cockpit with completely transparent enclosure, with canopy sliding to the rear. Armament consisted of one 1.46 in (37 mm) N-37 and two 0.9 in (23 mm) NS-23 machineguns, and belly racks for two 551 lb (250kg) FAB-250 bombs. The aircraft was propelled by two 1,984 lb (900 kg) s.t RD-10 turbojets (copied Junkers Jumo 004B's), and had two U-5 (Uskoritel, accellarator) assisted takeoff rockets, each providing 2,535 lb (1,150 kg) for 8 seconds.

First flown by G. Komarov in August 1946, the Su-9 showed excellent handling and its performance was up to expectations. The NII (national test institute) recommended series-production but this was prevented by the lack of production capacity. (Reportedly Yosef Stalin rejected the type out of hand, due to its superficial resemblance to the Me 262.)

Created November 30, 2009