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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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Semyon Lavochkin was of course keenly interested in this work, fkghters an La-5FN modified in generally the same way, performing trials in early Some LaGG-3s were fitted with a millimeter or millimeter nose cannon, but the final decision was to fit a millimeter ShVAK cannon and a single UBS machine gun, the reduction from two guns to one obviously being done to cut weight.

Book : Lavochkin’s Piston-Engined Fighters

Combat trials began in mid-September and were generally very positive. The La-5, as well as its predecessors, had been built mostly of wood to conserve strategic materials such as aircraft alloys. Gudkov joined a design team led by Vladimir P. Only the Hornet compared. For the simple reason it was over-powered. The La-9 reflected the La-7 in its general configuration, with AShFN radial engine, three-bladed prop with large prop spinner, guns in the top engine cowling, same overall flight surface layout, same taildragger landing piston-envined arrangement, the oil cooler under the belly; the La-9 even had almost the exact same dimensions and nearly the same empty weight as the La The Corsair was remarkably versatile as well, remaining in production till the early 50s.

Book : Lavochkin’s Piston-Engined Fighters

Worst of all, it could not meet the German Messerchmitt Bf F or its successor variants on even terms, with Red Air Force pilots suffering painful losses. Operational service quickly revealed production machines did not match the performance of the prototypes, since they were fully kitted for operations, making them overweight.


While still inferior to the best German fighters at higher altitudes, the La-5 proved to be every bit their match closer to the ground. Every now and then I ask myself what high performance piston fighter would make me very happy if I owned one and, being British, the Sea Fury wins out. Archived from the original on 12 March One regimental commander, Colonel Fightegs. A total of 1, La-9 fighters was built up to end of production in ; UTI La-9 production appears to have been about lavchkin The colorful nose art, which many aircraft sported, is recorded as are Lavochkin fighters in the liveries of allies of the Soviet Union and captured aircraft piston-engkned the colors of lavochkkin enemies of the Soviets.

If you had to choose a plane to battle one on one with another fighter, what would you choose based on armament, speed, agility and turning and survivability?

Lavochkin La-5 – Wikipedia

Things going well, the new version went into production in the spring, being designated “La-7”. The I had a millimeter MP-6 “motorcannon”– designed to fit with the engine and firing through the prop hub — plus two UBS The “lash-up” prototype still had a lot of problems, engine overheating being noted in particular by test pilots, but demonstrated that the Mpowered machine was promising.

The aircraft surpasses the La-5FN in speed, manoeuvrability, and, especially, in the landing characteristics. The Japanese also obtained one from a defector and evaluated it, being thoroughly unimpressed.

The I emerged as a clean, racy, low-wing monoplane with retractable taildragger landing gear, powered by a Klimov M water-cooled vee inline engine driving a three-bladed variable-pitch propeller; it had three self-sealing fuel plston-engined in the center wing section.

However, the Bf was slightly faster and had the advantage of a higher rate of climb and better turn rate. It was faster than a bearcat and probably about anything on this list. Lavochkin’s engineers got to work on fixes, focusing on reducing weight and improving reliability. Later production of the La-5F had a cut-down rear fuselage and an all-round vision canopy, the canopy hinging open to the right, with an armor glass panel behind the headrest.


For other uses, see LA-7 disambiguation. To make things worse, exhaust gas often entered the cockpit due to poor insulation of the engine compartment. Design changes for main production La-5 models included slats to pieton-engined all-round performance. I reserve all rights to my writings.

Lavochkin was having pistin-engined analogous problem in earlybeing faced with phase-out of LaGG-3 production; he focused on the M as a potential salvation. One curious feature seen in some photos of Las was a knob on top of the windscreen, which was actually a gun camera. The Chinese also got the La, and may have shot down a number of Nationalist Chinese or American fightegs on snooping missions over mainland China.

Whether it would have lived up to its obvious potential will remain unknown, having the misfortune to emerge into a world teeming with inferior but numerous Spitfires and Tempests. Retrieved from ” https: He initially tried the improved Klimov M vee engine, but engine overheating proved a chronic problem; every flight of the test aircraft resulted in an emergency landing.

Retrieved 2 May Primary airframe structures, such as the wing spars, were made of wood, impregnated with phenol resin; the scheme was known as “delta drevesina wood-plastic “.

TsAGIfelt that it could be improved upon. The main landing gear hydraulically retracted from the inner wings in towards the fuselage, piston-enginee the tailwheel was fixed. All of the engine controls throttle, mixture, propeller pitch, radiator and cowl flaps, and supercharger gearbox had separate levers which forced the pilot to make constant adjustments during combat or risk lavochkim performance.

Lyotno-Issledovatel’skiy Institut and proved to be only 6 kilometers per hour 3. North American P later F Twin-Mustang A bizarre machine consisting more or less of two lengthened PH fuselages joined with a new centre section, the PB holds the record for the longest un-refuelled non-stop flight by a propeller-driven fighter km.

Further improvements of the aircraft would lead to the Lavochkin La