|Note: Base stats only (no upgrade installed)|
|Maximum Speed on height||648 km/h|
|Maximum Altitude||10450 m|
|Turn Time||21.3 seconds|
|Rate of Climb||11.5 m/s|
|Takeoff Run||358 m|
|Armament||2x 20 mm ShVAK cannon (340 rds)|
|Burst Mass||2.30 kg/s|
The Lavochkin La-7 (Russian: Лавочкин Ла-7)
Was a piston-engined Soviet fighter developed during World War II by theLavochkin Design Bureau (OKB). It was a development and refinement of the Lavochkin La-5, and the last in a family of aircraft that had begun with the LaGG-1 in 1938. Its first flight was in early 1944 and it entered service with the Soviet Air Forces later in the year. A small batch of La-7s was given to the Czechoslovak Air Force the following year, but it was otherwise not exported. Armed with two or three 20 mm (0.79 in) cannon, it had a top speed of 661 kilometers per hour (411 mph). The La-7 was felt by its pilots to be at least the equal of any German piston-engined fighter and even shot down a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. It was phased out in 1947 by the Soviet Air Force, but served until 1950 with the Czechoslovak Air Force.
Tactical significance Edit
The La-7 ended the superiority in vertical maneuverability that the Messerschmitt Bf 109G had previously enjoyed over other Soviet fighters. Furthermore, it was fast enough at low altitudes to catch, albeit with some difficulties, Focke Wulf Fw 190 fighter-bombers that attacked Soviet units on the frontlines and immediately headed for German-controlled airspace at full speed. The Yakovlev Yak-3 and the Yakovlev Yak-9U with the Klimov VK-107 engine lacked a large enough margin of speed to overtake the German raiders. 115 La-7s were lost in air combat, only half the number of Yak-3s.
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- Guns: 2 × 20 mm ShVAK cannons with 200 rounds per gun or 3 × 20 mm Berezin B-20 cannons with 100 rounds per gun
- Bombs: 200 kg (440 lb) of bombs