The Lavochkin fighters remain little known in the West, although with the Yakovlev fighter series they were the backbone of the Red Air Force fighter force during the Second World War. The author rectifies that with this comprehensive history of these fighters. With this book he describes in great detail the three main variants of the Lavochkin fighter series during the Second World War: the only partially successful LaGG-3 inline-engined fighter, the successful radial-engined La-5 fighter, and the superb radial engined La-7 fighter, one of the best piston-engined fighter aircraft of the entire Second World War. Both the design and history of these fighters are featured, including how the mediocre inline engined LaGG-3 was turned into a top notch fighter by the replacement of the Klimov inline engine by the Shvetsov M-82 radial engine. Besides describing the wartime designs he includes a section on the postwar successors to the Second World War fighters, the completely new all metal La-9 and La-11, which saw extensive postwar service. Accurate color profiles illustrate all variants.
Jason Nicholas Moore is an avid air historian and modeller, with a particular interest in Soviet aeroplanes, and he has spent the last 40 years doing both historical research and constructing model aeroplanes. He has written a comprehensive history on the Il-2 Shturmovik, [Fonthill 2015]. In addition he has written a comprehensive modelling guide to the Il-2 Shturmovik which has not yet been published. He has spent much of the last 30 years researching Soviet aircraft in general, and has read extensively on the war on the Eastern Front.
Acknowledgments; Dedication; Glossary of Terms; Preface; Introduction; Soviet Fighters before the Lavochkins; Beginnings: The LaGG-1 and LaGG-3; The LaGG-3 in Detail; A New Engine and a New Fighter: The La-5; The La-5 in Detail; The Last and Best: The La-7; The La-7 in Detail; Soviet Fighter Pilot Training; Interview with a Lavochkin Fighter Pilot; The Post-war Piston-Engined Successors: The La-9 and La-11; Second Best: The Lavochkin Jets; Survivors; Scale Model Kits; Production Figures; Combat Losses; Lavochkin Fighter Polks (Regiments); Lavochkin Fighters Specifications; Notable Lavochkin Pilots; Games; Internet Resources; Further Reading; Bibliography; Index.