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Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Goudkov LaGG-1 references, articles and publications

No. 163 - LaGG Fighters in action

Aircraft in Action Hans-Heiri Stapfer

The LaGG-3 was one of a trio of modern fighters which had been developed under emergency conditions by the Soviets to replace the obsolete standard Soviet Air Force fighters - the Polikarpov I-16 and I-153. For the Kremlin it was a race against the time, since it had become clear that Adolf Hitler would sooner or later fulfill his dream of having Lebenstraum (living space) in the East, beyond Soviet borders. The first LaGG-3s reached Fighter Aviation Regiments in limited numbers during 1941 -just a few months before the German attack (22 June 1941). The LaGG-3 fought in every major campaign, from the Caucasus in the South to the Baltic Sea in the North and many Soviet aces claimed their first kills flying the LaGG-3. The LaGG-3 was soon outclassed by the more advanced Yakovlev fighter series, but a total of 6,528 aircraft had left the State Aircraft Factories before production ended in September of 1943. Based on numbers built, the LaGG-3 was one of the most successful fighter...

Image of Lavochkin's Piston-Engined Fighters - Red Star Vol. 10

Lavochkin's Piston-Engined Fighters - Red Star Vol. 10

Yefim Gordon

The latest addition to the Red Star series addresses the formation and early years of OKB-301, the design bureau created by Semyon shortly before the outbreak of the Great Pacific War. This book describes in detail all the piston-engined fighters developed by OKB-301 starting with the LaGG-3, an aircraft that first saw service in the Winter War against Finland. The story continues with the legendary La-5 and La-7 which rendered sterling service during the war. For Soviet airmen these aircraft were what the Spitfire was to the RAF and the P-51 Mustang was to the Americans. They were a match for the Messerschmitt Bf109 and the Focke Wulf Fw190, and several pilots were awarded the decoration Hero of the Soviet Union for their exploits in these aircraft. The concluding chapters deal with the last of the line, the La-9 and the La-11, which saw combat in China and Korea in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Illustrated with numerous rare and previously unpublished photos drawn from Russian military archives, the book's color content will delight the aviation modeler and anyone interested in Soviet aviation in the World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. 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 in the colors of the enemies of the Soviets.


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