The first Soviet fighter to utilise wing sweepback, and
consequently known unofficially as the Strelka (Dart),
the La-160 featured 35° of leading-edge sweep on a
wing of 9.5% thickness. When initially flown on
24 June 1947, the La-160 was fitted with an RD-10 turbojet
rated at 900kg, with which it could not
get airborne fully laden. After initial handling trials, the
La-160 was fitted with an RD-10F which provided an
afterburning thrust of 1170kg and with
which, after diving and then levelling off, a speed of
1060km/h was allegedly attained at
5700m, this being equivalent to Mach=0.92.
The La-160 carried an armament of two 37mm NS-37
cannon, but was utilised primarily as a research vehicle
in the development of more advanced fighters.
| Take-off weight||4060 kg||8951 lb|
| Empty weight||2738 kg||6036 lb|
| Wingspan||8.95 m||29 ft 4 in|
| Length||10.07 m||33 ft 0 in|
| Wing area||15.90 m2||171.15 sq ft|
| Max. speed||900 km/h||559 mph|
|A three-view drawing (1660 x 1167)|
The Soviet jets of the late 1940s were among the ugliest aircraft in the world.The La-160 was no exception
|P. Hamel, 04.11.2010|
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|Peter Hamel, 26.11.2006|
During a recent historical review about the "Birth of Sweepback" I was referring to the interesting La-160 including fotos. But I could not find an in-flight foto. Is there somebody who has ever seen an in-flight foto of the La- 160? A response would be highly welcomed.
Dr. Peter Hamel
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