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Lavochkin La-11 (Fang)

Long-Range Escort Fighter

Lavochkin La-11 (Fang)

Long-Range Escort Fighter

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Lavochkin La-11 was a further development of the successful La-9 series, but destined as a long-range fighter escort.
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ORIGIN: Soviet Union
YEAR: 1947
MANUFACTURER(S): Lavochkin - Soviet Union
PRODUCTION: 1,182
OPERATORS: China; North Korea; Soviet Union
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Lavochkin La-11 (Fang) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 28.22 feet (8.6 meters)
WIDTH: 32.64 feet (9.95 meters)
HEIGHT: 9.68 feet (2.95 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 6,107 pounds (2,770 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 8,807 pounds (3,995 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Shvetsov ASh-82FNV radial piston engine developing 1,870hp.
SPEED (MAX): 429 miles-per-hour (690 kilometers-per-hour; 373 knots)
RANGE: 466 miles (750 kilometers; 405 nautical miles)
CEILING: 33,629 feet (10,250 meters; 6.37 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 2,486 feet-per-minute (758 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



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



Series Model Variants
• La-134 - Prototype Designation; based on the Lavochkin La-9.
• La-134D - Second Prototype Designation; increased fuel and range via improved fuel tank space and underwing fuel tanks.
• La-11 - Base Production Fighter Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Lavochkin La-11 (Fang) Long-Range Escort Fighter.  Entry last updated on 7/14/2014. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Lavochkin La-11 was designed from the successful Lavochkin La-9 series of piston engine fighters with the difference being that the La-11 was to be a long-range bomber escort. The system was under development in the closing years of World War 2 but was not made ready for service until 1947. In effect, the Lavochkin La-11 became one of the last dedicated piston engine fighters to be produced for the Soviet Air Force and played upon the strengths of the preceding design quite well, though it arrived at a time when the jet age was becoming all the technological rage.

Design of the La-11 followed suit with the preceding La-9 series featuring a stout engine housing with large propeller hub, low monoplane wing assembly and mid-set framed cockpit offering up a decent view with traditional blind spots. Armament consisted of a battery of 3 x 23mm Nudelman-Suranov NS-23 series cannons which were more than capable of engaging enemy aircraft. Power was derived from a single Shvetsov ASh-82FNV radial piston engine producing some 1,870 horsepower and helping the La-11 achieve speeds nearing 420 miles per hour.

The prototype La-11 appeared in two forms as the La-123 and the La-134D. The former was based highly on the La-9 but sported just three cannons as its offensive armament. The latter was an improved La-123 prototype sporting an increased fuel capacity and underwing fuel drop tanks. As the development of the type evolved more and more options related to long-range sorties were introduced to make the pilot's job more comfortable. These options included a more cushioned seat, built-in urine waste facilities, arm and head rests. Communications and navigation equipment were also brought up to modern speed.

At the conclusion of development, it was found that the La-11 was quite a heavier aircraft from the original La-9. This limited the aircrafts combat capabilities above 23,000 feet but still played upon the long-range performance inherent in the new design. Despite this shortcoming, the La-11 was a good performer especially well into missions when fuel consumption would naturally lighten the La-11's load.

Lavochkin La-11's were featured in the years leading up and into the Korean War. During this time, the La-11 was credited with several American kills of note including that of a 10-man Privateer type aircraft. Its long range was duly noted though the La-11's limited combat ceiling and slow rate of climb did little against the high-flying Boeing B-29 Superfortresses dotting the skies in the conflict. In any case, the La-11 represented a changing time but it still remained a capable aircraft designed to a specific role and carried out its functions appropriately. Total production numbered some 1,182 examples and the aircraft was also fielded by China and North Korea.




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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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1182

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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


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