|Engines||1*1330hp Shvetsov M-82|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||187.6|
|Power load (kg/hp)||2.48|
This was Gorbunov's attempt at re-engining the LaGG-3 with the ASh-82 engine. (There were large stocks of this engine, hence the choice of the trio for it.) The LaG-5 was accepted, and entered production. It was as sturdy as its predecessor, but had improved flight characteristics and less vulnerable due to air-cooled engine.
Despite improvement of aircraft performance was substantial, production was phased out soon because the La-5 was superior.
|Controversy on the WEB|
Information WINGS OF VALOR SERIES states that famous Soviet ace Ivan Kozhedub (know at the West as Ivan the Terrible) flew his first mission on the LaG-5 on March 26, 1943. He became an ace flying this aircraft until early May 1944, when he received new La-5FN.
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