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Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz)

Soviet Union (1946)
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The Lavochkin La-9 was a further evolution of the Lavochkin La-126 prototype.


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.

Any available statistics for the Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz) Single-Seat Monoplane Fighter Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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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.
City-to-City Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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1559


  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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


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Origin: Soviet Union
Year: 1946
Type: Single-Seat Monoplane Fighter Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Lavochkin - Soviet Union
Production: 1,559
Global Operators:
Soviet Union; China; Romania; North Korea
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
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.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
28.31 ft


Meters
8.63 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
32.15 ft


Meters
9.8 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
11.68 ft


Meters
3.56 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
12,822 lb


Kilograms
5,816 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
16,647 lb


Kilograms
7,551 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Shvetsov ASh-82FN air-cooled radial piston engine generating 1,850hp.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
429 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
690 kph


Knots
373 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
672 mi


Kilometers
1,082 km


Nautical Miles
584 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
35,433 ft


Meters
10,800 m


Miles
6.71 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
3,489 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
1,063 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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