The Moscow-based Yakovlev Design Bureau was formed in 1934 under the leadership of the gifted Russian designer Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev (1906-89).  During World War II the company became known for its outstanding series of single-engined fighters which formed the backbone of Soviet fighter strength throughout the conflict.  Postwar, the company diversified into many different types of airplanes, and never had the same success with fighters as it had prior to 1945.  Its most successful postwar products were trainers and attack aircraft.

Yak 3/7/9 Fighters