The Lavochkin La-5 (Лавочкин Ла-5) was a Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II. It was a . Lavochkin’s Piston-Engined Fighters (Red Star Volume 10). Among the fighter aircraft thrown into the fray was the Lavochkin “LaGG-3”, and La-7 — as well as the “La-9” and “La” piston fighters of the immediate postwar . It could be distinguished from the La-5F by the fact that the La-5FN’s engine. Buy Lavochkin’s Piston-Engined Fighters: (Red Star, Vo.l 10) 1st Edition by Yefim Gordon (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low.

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However, the Fw A-8 was faster at all altitudes and had significantly better dive performance and a superior roll-rate.

Lavochkin La-7 – Wikipedia

I would argue the latest version of the FW as improved in a positive war pison-engined circa would have been my choice. Email piston-enginev Address never made public. The Lavochkin La-7 Russian: It also depends on altitude.

Sadly for the USAF later models of the Twin-Mustang were powered by Allison engines rather than the superlative Merlin fitted to earlier examples due to increased royalties demanded by Rolls-Royce and performance was reduced as a result. Wanting Something a little more exotic- try the top ten fictional aircraft. They simply followed the enemy home when they ran out of fuel and took them out on the way in or on the ground.

One batch of flawed wings was built and caused six accidents, four of them fatal, in October which caused the fighter to be grounded until the cause was determined to be a defect in the wing spar. The ramjet boosters similarly improved performance while lit and weren’t such a support headache — but once they were shut down, and their endurance was short, they piston-enginex just so much dead weight, and cut into performance.


This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat I suspect the Corsair was structurally tougher also.

Since operational flights were to be lengthy, sanitary facilities, armrests, and seat padding were added. The first production machine, made in Leningrad, took to the air in Decemberwith the first Gorkiy-built machine following on 23 January It proved competent at destroying Nazi bombers and proved a very good ground-attack aircraft, its armament being powerful and the aircraft being generally highly resistant to battle damage.

The La-7 looked much like the La-5FN, the most noticeable difference being the elimination of the engine intake on top of the engine cowling — which not only improved performance and the piston-entined forward field of view, it also improved the aircraft’s looks. Had the war lasted and the high-flying B been committed to Europe then this aircraft would have been its nemesis.

Primary airframe structures, such as the wing spars, were made of wood, impregnated with phenol resin; the scheme was fightets as “delta drevesina wood-plastic “. Much more so than many planes on this list. La drone V missile Lunokhod lunar probes.

The prototype was put in mass production almost immediately in factories located in Moscow and in the Yaroslav region. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Book : Lavochkin’s Piston-Engined Fighters

Things going well, the new version went into production in the spring, being designated “La-7”. Shvetsov, who needed somebody to use piston-engind M, backed the effort, and so the revised LaGG-3 was ordered into production as the “La-5”.


A total of three pilots were killed during the trials to all causes. Altogether, 9, La-5s of all variants were built, including a number of dedicated trainer versions, designated La-5UTI.

By the end ofa total of 2, LaGG-3 fighters had been built, the majority at Gorkiy; most of the rest at Novosibirsk and Taganrog; a few dozen in Leningrad, before the piston-enined of the city ended production. However, if anyone does want to make use of my writings, just contact me, and we can chat about it.

lavochoin Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Fortunately we will never know what this amazing machine was truly capable of.

A total of aircraft had been built by Zavod Nr. However, Lavochkin threw his team into getting things fixed, while VVS pilots figured out the strengths and weaknesses of the type.

Book : Lavochkin’s Piston-Engined Fighters

The La-7 was felt by its pilots to be at least the equal of any Fiighters piston-engined fighter. The concluding chapters deal with the last of the line, the La-9 and the La, which saw combat in China and Korea in the late s and early s. Operational service quickly revealed production machines did not match the performance of the prototypes, since they were fully kitted for operations, making them overweight.

Green, William and Gordon Swanborough.