Lavochkin La 7

The Lavochkin series of fighters were among the best fighters produced during World War II. As a dogfighter the La 5 was considered a superior aircraft to both the German Bf 109 and Fw 190 fighters. The La 5 was the fighter of choice for Soviet aces. Ivan Kozhedub brought down 62 German planes in an La 5FN (a fuel injection version of the La 5).

FloZ LAVOCHKIN LA-7 1945 1/72 diecast Plane Model Aircraft

The Lavochkin’s final World War II variation was the La 7. The La 7 was equipped with a slightly more powerful version of the La 5FN fuel-injected engine. The La 7 was given metal wing spars – the La 5’s were made from wood – so they would be both stronger and lighter. The La 7 was also given a third 20 mm cannon. These three cannons together could spew around 7 lbs ( ) of lead per second. Fuel capacity was cut in half to reduce weight. The La 7 was typically used for low-altitude, front-line skirmishes anyhow so the reduced radius was not considered a severe drawback. For his design of the La 7 and all planes bearing his name, Lavochkin received the esteemed Stalin Prize.

21,975 of the various Lavochkin models were produced. They left service in 1945.

GAV00005 1:48 Gavia Lavochkin La-7 MODEL KIT

Type Fighter
Power Plant 1 x 1,859-horsepower Shvetsov M-82/M-82FN radial engine.
Max speed: 665 Km/h (413 mph)
Ceiling: 10,800 m (35,435 ft.)
Range: 635 km (395 mi.)
Weight (empty): 2,638 kg (5,816 lb.)
Weight (loaded): 3,400 kg (7,496 lb.)
Wingspan: 9.75 m (32 ft. 2 in.)
Length: 8.55 m (28 ft. 2 in.)
Height: 2.83 m (9 ft. 3 in.)
Armament: 2 x 20 mm cannons; up to 441 pounds of bombs
Service 1944 – 1945