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Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz)

Single-Seat Monoplane Fighter Aircraft

Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz)

Single-Seat Monoplane Fighter Aircraft

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
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HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The Lavochkin La-9 was a further evolution of the Lavochkin La-126 prototype.
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ORIGIN: Soviet Union
YEAR: 1946
MANUFACTURER(S): Lavochkin - Soviet Union
PRODUCTION: 1,559
OPERATORS: Soviet Union; China; Romania; North Korea
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 28.31 feet (8.63 meters)
WIDTH: 32.15 feet (9.8 meters)
HEIGHT: 11.68 feet (3.56 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 12,822 pounds (5,816 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 16,647 pounds (7,551 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Shvetsov ASh-82FN air-cooled radial piston engine generating 1,850hp.
SPEED (MAX): 429 miles-per-hour (690 kilometers-per-hour; 373 knots)
RANGE: 672 miles (1,082 kilometers; 584 nautical miles)
CEILING: 35,433 feet (10,800 meters; 6.71 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 3,489 feet-per-minute (1,063 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



STANDARD:
4 x 23mm Nudelman-Suranov NS-23 cannons
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• La-130 - Prototype
• La-9 - Base Fighter Model Designation
• La-9UTI - Two-Seat Conversion Trainer
• La-132 - Proposed Prototype Variant fitted with Shvetsov M-93 engine; never produced.
• La-9M - Prototyped Long Range Variant


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz) Single-Seat Monoplane Fighter Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 6/18/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Lavochkin produced two notable fighters during the defense of the Soviet Union in World War 2 (1939-1945), these being the La-5 and La-7 series. The La-9 was in development by war's end and became a direct development of the La-7 by way of the La-126, a late-war prototype. The Lavochkin La-9 was eventually adopted by the Soviet Air Force and codenamed "Fritz" by NATO. When compared to the La-7 before it, the La-9 represented the same aircraft through with all-metal construction and of slightly larger dimension. The aircraft began operational service during 1946 - to late to see action in World War 2 - and went on to serve in the inventories of a few Soviet-supported countries including China, Romania, and North Korea. Its production run covered two years and totaled 1,500 examples. The La-9 also marked one of Lavochkin's last piston-engined fighters before the shift to jet-powered types in the ensuing years.

The La-9 featured a conventional arrangement with a low-wing monoplane and single-seat cockpit. The fuselage was well-streamlined and its tail-dragger undercarriage retractable (including tailwheel). Armament consisted of 4 x 23mm Nudelman-Suranov NS-23 cannons with 50 projectiles afforded each gun. The all-metal construction of the aircraft allowed engineers to save structural weight which produced increased fuel capacity and greater operational ranges. The weight-saving also allowed for the inclusion of the large-caliber 23mm cannons in the nose.

Power came from a Shvetsov ASh-82FN air-cooled radial piston engine (driving a three-blade propeller) complete with two-stage supercharged and fuel-injection for increased power. Output was 1,850 horsepower, propelling the La-9 to speeds of 430 miles per hour and ranges of 435 miles. Its service ceiling measured 35,400 feet with a rate-of-climb of 3,510 feet per minute.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (429mph).

    Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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