|Engines||1*1850hp Shvetsov ASh-82FN|
|Climb to 5000m||4.5min|
With arrival of La-5FN's and La-7 to the front line units era of Bf-109 domination on the east front was over - now and up to the end of the war 'Messer' was outgunned, slower and more vulnerable than "Lavochkin" powered by air-cooled engine.
Fokke-Wulf's FW-190 and its latest modifications, such as Ta-152(C,D,H) had advantage in speed... above 4000m where it hardly could find any use on the East front. Indeed, most air activity there took place below 5000m, often almost near the ground (escorting Il-2 and strifing ground troops). And record speed of those German fighters could be sustained only for limited time. On low altitudes it was not a big thread for more agile (just check wing load for La-5, La-7, Yak-3).
Its standard of equipment remained quite austere (by Western standards). Soviet fighters were involved mostly in low altitude, short and medium range missions. So high tech navigation equipment was not a top priority above simplicity and reliability.
|Modified January 25, 1996||Back to|