LAVOCHKIN PISTON-ENGINED FIGHTERS PDF

Even with all that background, this book managed to turn up several photos of aircraft I had not seen before, definitely a nice surprise. But while my illustrations covered just the wartime Lavochkins, this book handles all the piston-engined aircraft, up through the La, with text, photos and drawings. This book sheds a little light on the problem, but it is not a definitive treatise on the differences between all the LaGG-3 variants. This is a wise choice, as you could easily fill the entire pages with nothing but documenting the different modifications made by the different factories producing the LaGG The differences in armament, engine arrangement, and airframe streamlining are varied and most are touched upon, if not explained. Ultimately, though, the LaGG-3 was just a stepping stone to the more impressive series, the La

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Even with all that background, this book managed to turn up several photos of aircraft I had not seen before, definitely a nice surprise. But while my illustrations covered just the wartime Lavochkins, this book handles all the piston-engined aircraft, up through the La, with text, photos and drawings. This book sheds a little light on the problem, but it is not a definitive treatise on the differences between all the LaGG-3 variants.

This is a wise choice, as you could easily fill the entire pages with nothing but documenting the different modifications made by the different factories producing the LaGG The differences in armament, engine arrangement, and airframe streamlining are varied and most are touched upon, if not explained. Ultimately, though, the LaGG-3 was just a stepping stone to the more impressive series, the La While the initial La-5, which was little more than a late LaGG-3 with a radial engined mounted, was not a great performer, it had excellent potential, and after a redesign that focused on a more powerful engine, airframe lightening, and improved visibility, the La-5F was borne and it was at this point, along with the La-5FN that featured even more refinements, that the Lavochkin began to take control of the skies.

The coverage of the La-5 family is well done here, with both development and operations covered. The ultimate wartime Lavochkin was the La-7, which took the already good La-5FN and made it even better.

The main improvements over the La-5FN were in aerodynamics, an the La-7 became an incredible performer, so much that the Germans in their Bf s were forced to change tactics to try and counter the strengths of the La Flown by several of the top Soviet Union aces, the La-7 proved to be a formidable opponent for the Luftwaffe, with losses of only aircraft out of the over La-7s delivered to front line units.

In addition to the basic development, this book also covers some of the experimental designs attempted, including rocket and ramjet powered examples. As the war was over and restrictions on materials lessened, these later fighters were mostly metal construction, as opposed to the extensive use of wood as seen in the La-5 series. Another big change was with armament.

Four NS cannons were positioned in the nose, resulting in an incredible weight of fire that easily outperformed both the La-7 and the Yakovlev fighters of the time. Included in the text is a description of how the La-9 evolved into the La, and the different missions for each type.

In addition to Soviet operations, foreign usage is also covered. Like other titles in the Red Star series, this book comes with several pages of scale drawings and color profiles illustrating this long line of fighter aircraft.

A small selection of color photos is also included, all of which are of museum aircraft. It would be nice to see some wartime color photos of Soviet La-5s and La-7s, but I am guessing that those photos are very few and far between, if they exist at all. Overall, this is a great book detailing one of the lesser known Soviet fighter families that grew out of the Second World War. Considering how successful the La-5 and La-7 was, it is surprising that we have not seen more on those, but this book makes a good start at ending the Yakovlev dominance in VVS history.

My thanks to Specialty Press for the review sample. You can get this, and other Red Star titles, from their website.

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It took 5. It was faster at low to medium altitudes than the La-5 that used the more powerful prototype Shvetsov M engine. The La-5, as well as its predecessors, had been built mostly of wood to conserve strategic materials such as aircraft alloys. With Soviet strategists now confident that supplies of these alloys were unlikely to become a problem, Lavochkin was now able to replace some wooden parts with alloy components.

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Development Edit La-9 represents a further development of the Lavochkin La prototype. The first prototype, designated La was finished in Similarity to the famous Lavochkin La-7 was only superficial — the new fighter had an all-metal construction and a laminar flow wing. Weight savings due to elimination of wood from the airframe allowed for greatly improved fuel capacity and four-cannon armament. Mock combat demonstrated that the La was evenly matched with the La-7 but was inferior to the Yakovlev Yak-3 in horizontal planes. The new fighter, officially designated La-9, entered production in August

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LAVOCHKIN PISTON-ENGINED FIGHTERS PDF

The LaGG-3 was a modification of that design that attempted to correct this by both lightening the airframe and fitting a more powerful engine. Nevertheless, this was not enough, and the lack of power remained a significant problem. Since the LaGG-3 was powered by an inline engine , they accomplished this by grafting on the nose section of a Sukhoi Su-2 which used this engine. When the prototype took flight in March, the result was surprisingly pleasing — the fighter finally had a powerplant that allowed it to perform as well in the air as it had been supposed to on paper. Gudkov , was no longer with the programme , Air Force test pilots declared it superior to the Yak-7, and intensive flight tests began in April.

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