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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Lavochkin Piston Fighters

Great question, the fighter which won the war in Pacific!! Clash of the titans! Fuel and oil supply were increased; the La also could be fitted with non-jettisonable wingtip tanks. However it could be argued that it has done more good than any other aircraft on this list as Tigercats operated for many years as fire-fighting tanker aircraft in California. However, its cooling system was vulnerable, and production defects remained a nagging problem for too long.

However, if anyone does want to make use of my writings, just contact me, and we can chat about it. The La went through initial trials in earlydemonstrating significantly improved performance, with its armament of four NS millimeter cannon packing a lot of punch. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fighting Lavochkin, Eagles of the East No. The Red Air Force at War: Gudkov had tinkered with fitting the new powerplant to the LaGG-3, but had been sidetracked to other tasks, so the Lavochkin design team was starting from scratch.

Both appeared as a result of the same problem — it was too difficult to operate a jet fighter from a carrier and thus piston-engined fighter development was allowed to develop to its apogee. These included complete sealing of the engine cowling, rearrangement of the wing center section to accommodate the oil cooler and the relocation of the engine air intake from the top of the cowling to the bottom to improve the pilot’s view. Click here for the Twin-Spitfire 3.


Earl Shilton, Leicester, UK: The windshield featured armor glass; avionics included a radio, simple navigation aids, and an identification friend or foe transponder. Illustrated lavoxhkin numerous rare and previously unpublished photos drawn from Russian military archives, the book’s color content will delight the aviation modeler and anyone interested in Soviet aviation in the World War II era.

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A number of Las were converted to a photo-reconnaissance configuration, though they were not assigned a specific subvariant designation. Towards the end of the war, many German squadrons were completely wiped out by Mustangs as a result of clever tactics by the pilots and the jawdropping fuel capacity of the plane.

The La-5 had its defects.

Noticeable distinctions, along with the four millimeter cannon, included square-tipped wings and tailplane, as well as a one-piece canopy that slid back to open. That meant a substantial redesign; a fuel tank was added in each wing, though it could only be implemented in production aircraft. It was a development and refinement of the LaGG-3replacing the earlier model’s inline engine with the much more powerful Shvetsov ASh radial engine.

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 siege of the city ended production.

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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 tanks in the center wing section.

The Lavochkin La-7 Russian: It could be distinguished from the La-5F by the fact that the La-5FN’s engine intake, on top of the cowling, ran the full length of the cowling; on the La-5F, it stopped well short of the front.


WW2 Aircraft Fact Files: Email required Address never made public. Along with production aircraft, an La-5F was experimentally fitted with a turbocharger, being redesignated “La-5TK”; it did have improved altitude performance, but it was not put into production. The La-9 fighterd La lingered in Soviet service into the s, and in foreign service into the early s.

Piston-engined fighters ruled the roost for thirty years. When the prototype took flight in March, the result was surprisingly pleasing — the pitson-engined finally had a powerplant that allowed it to perform as well in the air as it had been supposed to on paper. Grumman F7F Tigercat Over horsepower.

The era of classic fighter planes ended on a high-point with huge, powerful masterpieces. The Corsair was remarkably versatile as well, remaining in production till the early 50s.

It was the only plane in the war that could piston-enginev our bombers all the way to Germany, outfight the German fighters, and then escort the bombers all the way home…you could say they single handedly won the war in Europe….

According to several sources the Japanese fightres the Corsair the best Allied figjter in the air.

Very late La-5FN production models piston-engijed two 20mm Berezin B cannon installed in the cowling in place of the heavier two 20mm ShVAK both were capable of a salvo weight of 3.