Russian Yakovlev Yak-3
Inspecting a crashed Yak-3. The Yakovlev Yak-3 was a World War II Soviet fighter aircraft first used in 1944. It was one of the smallest and lightest major combat fighters fielded by any combatant during the war, and its high power-to-weight ratio gave it excellent performance. It was a forgiving, easy-to-handle aircraft loved by both rookie and veteran pilots and ground crew as well. It was a robust, easy to maintain and a highly succesful dogfighter. It was used mostly as a tactical fighter, flying low over battlefields and engaging in dogfights below 13,000 ft.