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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} Russian fighter {{Battle-rating}}. This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
 
The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} Russian fighter {{Battle-rating}}. This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
  
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=== Flight performance ===
 
=== Flight performance ===
 
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''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
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! colspan="8" | ''Stock''
 
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 6,250 m)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 6,250 m)
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(metres)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
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| 651 || 631 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 20.0 || 20.6 || 14 || 14 || 348
 
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! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
 
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 6,250 m)
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! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
 
 
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! RB
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! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
 
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| 711 || 677 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 18.3 || 19.2 || 23.9 || 18.2 || 348
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| 711 || 677 || 18.3 || 19.2 || 23.9 || 18.2
 
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==== Details ====
 
==== Details ====
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! colspan="5" | Features
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
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! Combat flaps
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! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
! Take-off flaps
 
! Landing flaps
 
! Air brakes
 
! Arrestor gear
 
 
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! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Combat flaps<br>(km/h)
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! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
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! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
! -
 
 
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! Ailerons !! Rudder !! Elevators !! Radiator
! Rudder<br>(km/h)
 
! Elevators<br>(km/h)
 
! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
 
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| < 400 || < 400 || < 400 || > 341
 
| < 400 || < 400 || < 400 || > 341
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=== Modifications and economy ===
 
=== Modifications and economy ===
 
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Four upgrades are of importance: ''Offensive 20 mm'', ''Compressor'', ''Engine'' and ''Engine injection''.
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
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! colspan="2" | Flight performance
 
! colspan="1" | Survivability
 
! colspan="1" | Weaponry
 
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| I
 
| Fuselage repair
 
| Radiator
 
| Armored glass
 
| DZ-40
 
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| II
 
|
 
| Compressor
 
| Airframe
 
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| III
 
| Wings repair
 
| Engine
 
| Rear armor plate
 
| Offensive 20 mm
 
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| IV
 
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| Engine injection
 
| Cover
 
| New 20 mm cannons
 
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Four upgrades are of importance: ''Offensive 20 mm'', ''Compressor'', ''Engine'' and ''Engine injection''.
 
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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[[File:Ivan-Kozhedub.jpg|thumbnail|right|Soviet ace pilot Ivan Kozhedub standing in front of his [[La-5FN]] fighter. As the Soviet Unions highest ace, Ivan is three times recipient of the ''Hero of the Soviet Union'' award for shooting down 64 aircraft during the Great Patriotic War.]]
 
[[File:Ivan-Kozhedub.jpg|thumbnail|right|Soviet ace pilot Ivan Kozhedub standing in front of his [[La-5FN]] fighter. As the Soviet Unions highest ace, Ivan is three times recipient of the ''Hero of the Soviet Union'' award for shooting down 64 aircraft during the Great Patriotic War.]]
 
The concept of a new fighter for the Soviet Air Force was pitched in 1943. While the earlier Lavochkin La-5 proved to be one of the best Soviet fighters produced up to that point, the main designer of the [[La-5FN|La-5]], Semyon Lavochkin, felt that it could be improved even further. Work on a completely new fighter began in the early months of 1944. The new fighter was supposed to be an improved version of the La-5 design. The changes included the incorporation of a lighter and more durable metal airframe in place of the earlier wooden one. Other changes included the mounting of a new gun sight and propeller, as well as the strengthening of the landing gear struts and streamlining of the wings. It was to be armed with three Berezin B-20 20 mm cannons, however, the delay in production meant that most new La-7s were armed with 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, like its predecessor. After more tests, the new fighter was accepted into serial production in late 1944.
 
The concept of a new fighter for the Soviet Air Force was pitched in 1943. While the earlier Lavochkin La-5 proved to be one of the best Soviet fighters produced up to that point, the main designer of the [[La-5FN|La-5]], Semyon Lavochkin, felt that it could be improved even further. Work on a completely new fighter began in the early months of 1944. The new fighter was supposed to be an improved version of the La-5 design. The changes included the incorporation of a lighter and more durable metal airframe in place of the earlier wooden one. Other changes included the mounting of a new gun sight and propeller, as well as the strengthening of the landing gear struts and streamlining of the wings. It was to be armed with three Berezin B-20 20 mm cannons, however, the delay in production meant that most new La-7s were armed with 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, like its predecessor. After more tests, the new fighter was accepted into serial production in late 1944.
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===In-game description===
 
===In-game description===
The Lavochkin La-7 was a Soviet single-seat single-engine monoplane fighter. It was a further development of the La-5FN. The first prototype was built in January 1944, making its first flight on 2nd February and entering state trials on 16th February. The aircraft entered serial production in May 1944, designated La-7, and fully replaced the La-5FN on production lines by November 1944.  
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The Lavochkin La-7 was a Soviet single-seat single-engine monoplane fighter. It was a further development of the La-5FN. The first prototype was built in January 1944, making its first flight on 2nd February and entering state trials on 16th February. The aircraft entered serial production in May 1944, designated La-7, and fully replaced the La-5FN on production lines by November 1944.
  
 
The La-7 was one of the best serial fighters of WWII, highly maneuverable with advanced performance characteristics and powerful armament. One on one, it was greatly superior to contemporary Axis, British and US fighters at low and medium altitudes. Other features included improved survivability and ease of control. A total of 5,735 La-7s were built before the end of WWII.
 
The La-7 was one of the best serial fighters of WWII, highly maneuverable with advanced performance characteristics and powerful armament. One on one, it was greatly superior to contemporary Axis, British and US fighters at low and medium altitudes. Other features included improved survivability and ease of control. A total of 5,735 La-7s were built before the end of WWII.
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=== Notable pilots ===
 
=== Notable pilots ===
  
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<li style="display: inline-block;"> [[File:Ivan_Kozhedub_2.jpg|thumb|none|200px|link=User:U64962917#Kozhedub,_Ivan_N.|Soviet ace pilot [[User:U64962917#Kozhedub,_Ivan_N.|Ivan Kozhedub]], highest scoring Allied ace of WW II.]] </li><!--
 
<li style="display: inline-block;"> [[File:Ivan_Kozhedub_2.jpg|thumb|none|200px|link=User:U64962917#Kozhedub,_Ivan_N.|Soviet ace pilot [[User:U64962917#Kozhedub,_Ivan_N.|Ivan Kozhedub]], highest scoring Allied ace of WW II.]] </li><!--
 
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== Media ==
 
== Media ==
 
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{{Youtube-gallery|ScGocqGDQMo|'''Realistic: La-7 [Energy Monster]''' - ''Jengar''|RahK6Ig7xdg|'''La-7 & La-7 B-20S Gameplay & Review''' - ''DigitalDigging''}}
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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* [https://warthunder.com/en/news/3284/current/ [Vehicle Profile<nowiki>]</nowiki> Lavochkin La-7]
 
  
 
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{{AirManufacturer Lavochkin}}
 
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This page is about the Soviet fighter La-7. For other versions, see La-7 (Family).
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Description

The La-7 is a rank IV Russian fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB), 4.7 (RB), and 5.0 (SB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

The La-7 is an effective mid-low altitude interceptor. It has many unique capabilities that make it an exceptional fighter. As the successor of the La-5/F/FN, it has a more powerful engine and improved aerodynamics.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 250 m677 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude10 450 m
EngineShvetsov M-82FN
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight3 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,250 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 651 631 10450 20.0 20.6 14.0 14.0 348
Upgraded 711 677 18.3 19.2 23.9 18.2

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
735 320 504 471 300 ~13 ~13
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 400 < 400 < 400 > 341
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,550 m 1,630 hp 1,920 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,550 m 1,430 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural735 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Armor plate behind pilot's seat (with upgrade = 10 mm total)
  • 55 mm Bulletproof Glass - Fore canopy
  • 66 mm Bulletproof Glass - Rear canopy/headrest (with upgrade = 75 mm total)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 940 → 3 742 Sl icon.png
RB9 420 → 11 991 Sl icon.png
SB5 600 → 7 128 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications40 400 Rp icon.png
77 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training43 000 Sl icon.png
Experts150 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 320 / 310 % Sl icon.png
160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
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Cost:
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140 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
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140 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
8 800 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
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Cost:
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170 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
4 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Armored glass
Research:
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Cost:
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140 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
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Cost:
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320 Ge icon.png
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Rear armor plate
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
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310 Ge icon.png
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DZ-40
Research:
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Cost:
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140 Ge icon.png
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Research:
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Four upgrades are of importance: Offensive 20 mm, Compressor, Engine and Engine injection.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon
Ammunition340 rounds
Fire rate720 shots/min
Main article: ShVAK (20 mm)

The La-7 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, nose-mounted (170 rpg = 340 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups2
List of setups
Setup 12 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
Setup 22 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb

The La-7 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (100 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (200 kg total)

Usage in battles

The La-7's instrument panel.

The key to staying alive in the La-7 series lies in using evasion and deception to destroy the enemy. Start by flying at around 4.5 km altitude as you present yourself as an easy target for Boom & Zoom aircraft that are flying at higher altitudes. Maintain a high energy level/speed (conserve your energy as well). When you spot someone diving at you, break off and evade his burst, and then chase him and return your own bursts, or, if he turns, engage in turning combat. Watch your opponent, however. Spitfire (Griffons) can, for the most part, out-turn a La-7 while other planes such as the Fw 190 D are far inferior at turning. It is possible to force overshoots on Spitfires by going into scissors. Acceleration on this plane is excellent at low-medium altitude (below 3 km where WEP still works). Additionally, the La-7 can be an effective mid-alt Boom and Zoom / energy fighter - when most opponents have been destroyed and the rest are engaging below you, the La-7, with its effective climb rate as well as acceleration/energy retention, can be unstoppable.

One habit you have to take to heart is aiming strategies/skill. The 2 cowling-mounted ShVAKs are quite ineffective in side-on approaches as well as longer range fire due to the fact that there is little spread to the cannons and low damage and hit detection compared to comparable 20 mm cannons such as the Hispano and MG-151. The low spread allows for greater damage upon hitting your opponent - if used correctly, the cannons can be extremely lethal. Ground Targets belts have the most HE shells in their composition; these are the most versatile as they are extremely effective against planes as well as Ground targets.

Another habit worth developing in the La-7 is ammo conservation, it is crucial to only take shots that you know will hit and aiming them carefully. This way you stand a bigger chance of critically damaging the enemy aeroplane. By following those rules you will soon find yourself researching the final Lavochkin piston fighter - the La-9.

The aircraft is placed quite low in the Battle Rating spread, which means that you will still engage rank III aircraft. Do not underestimate them. If flown up to their respective strengths, planes such as the Bf 109 G-2 and Spitfire Mk Vc are superior to the La-7. The strengths of both La-7 variants lie in very good low altitude performance - ideally, you want to engage your enemies at altitudes lower than 5 km - higher up, the power output of the engine reduces drastically, making you an easy target. Aside from the speed, the La-7 possesses very good turning capabilities - while it is not as good a turner as some British and Japanese designs, it can give many German and US aircraft a run for their money.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent low altitude performance (< 3,000 m / 9,843 ft)
  • Decent manoeuvrability
  • Great acceleration and rate of climb
  • Good roll rate
  • Center-mounted cannons - can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your aiming ability
  • Decent cockpit visibility
  • Good speed in level flight
  • Pilot armour options
  • Bomb options
  • has less of a stock syndrome than most other tier IV aircraft

Cons:

  • Poor performance at high altitude (> 4,000 m / 13,124 ft)
  • Poor maximum dive speed
  • Fast-firing cannons means you have to be more diligent with ammo conservation
  • Tends to bleed energy
  • Center-mounted cannons can be difficult to master
  • Poor stock belts
  • Relatively poor durability - wings tend to rip at higher speeds compared to contemporaries
  • Jack-of-all trades fighter - no specialized job means that the La-7 isn't optimised for tasks like Boom & Zoom

History

Soviet ace pilot Ivan Kozhedub standing in front of his La-5FN fighter. As the Soviet Unions highest ace, Ivan is three times recipient of the Hero of the Soviet Union award for shooting down 64 aircraft during the Great Patriotic War.

The concept of a new fighter for the Soviet Air Force was pitched in 1943. While the earlier Lavochkin La-5 proved to be one of the best Soviet fighters produced up to that point, the main designer of the La-5, Semyon Lavochkin, felt that it could be improved even further. Work on a completely new fighter began in the early months of 1944. The new fighter was supposed to be an improved version of the La-5 design. The changes included the incorporation of a lighter and more durable metal airframe in place of the earlier wooden one. Other changes included the mounting of a new gun sight and propeller, as well as the strengthening of the landing gear struts and streamlining of the wings. It was to be armed with three Berezin B-20 20 mm cannons, however, the delay in production meant that most new La-7s were armed with 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, like its predecessor. After more tests, the new fighter was accepted into serial production in late 1944.

In September 1944, the first La-7s found their way onto the front lines with the 63rd Guard Fighter Aviation Corps. The reception of the new fighter was warm - it was faster and more manoeuvrable than the La-5, which meant it could more efficiently tackle the most common German fighter the Soviets faced: the Messerschmitt Bf 109 G. In certain circumstances, the speed allowed the Soviet pilots to intercept Fw 190 fighter-bombers - a feat impossible to achieve for other Soviet fighters like the Yak-3. The main critiques of the design were considered to be the engine reliability and armament - the twin 20 mm ShVAK cannons were judged as inadequate in fights against better armoured Fw 190s. Still, the La-7 became one of the most successful Soviet piston fighters of World War II. Soviet ace Ivan Kozhedub scored 17 kills while flying the La-7 - his last one being an Me 262 jet. After the war, the La-7 was replaced by the La-9 prop fighter, although many were still used by other communist states as both fighters and trainer aircraft.

In-game description

The Lavochkin La-7 was a Soviet single-seat single-engine monoplane fighter. It was a further development of the La-5FN. The first prototype was built in January 1944, making its first flight on 2nd February and entering state trials on 16th February. The aircraft entered serial production in May 1944, designated La-7, and fully replaced the La-5FN on production lines by November 1944.

The La-7 was one of the best serial fighters of WWII, highly maneuverable with advanced performance characteristics and powerful armament. One on one, it was greatly superior to contemporary Axis, British and US fighters at low and medium altitudes. Other features included improved survivability and ease of control. A total of 5,735 La-7s were built before the end of WWII.

Notable pilots

  • Soviet ace pilot Ivan Kozhedub, highest scoring Allied ace of WW II.

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Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov (Лавочкин-Горбунов-Гудков)
Early Fighters  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
Late Fighters  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20 · La-9 · La-11
Jet Fighters  La-15 · La-174 · La-200
Export  ␗La-9
Captured  ▀La-5FN

USSR fighters
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis
I-153  I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28 · I-180S
I-29  I-29
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
I-225  I-225
ITP  ITP (M-1)
MiG-3  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
LaGG  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
La  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20 · La-9 · La-11
Yak-1/7  Yak-1 · Yak-1B · Yak-7B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9T · Yak-9K · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT · Yak-9P
Other countries  ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Fw 190 D-9 · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc
P-39  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
P-63  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5