Lavochkin La-168
1948
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Lavochkin La-168

In March 1946, Yosif Stalin assigned the task of developing advanced single-seat fighters around the newly-acquired Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet to the design bureaux of Semyon A Lavochkin, Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich, and Aleksandr Yakovlev on a competitive basis. The Lavochkin contender, the La-168, featured a shoulder-mounted wing sweptback 37 20' at the leading edge and fitted with Fowler flaps. An armament of two 23mm NS-23KM cannon and one 37mm N-37 cannon was fitted and power was provided by a 2268kg Nene R.N.2 turbojet.

The La-168 was first flown on 22 April 1948, subsequently attaining 1084km/h at 2750m, representing Mach=0.914. During the test programme, the cockpit canopy collapsed when all three guns were fired simultaneously at 15000m, but the pilot succeeded in landing the aircraft.

The La-168 test programme continued until 19 February 1949, but the Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau's competitive I-310 (Type S) had meanwhile been selected for large-scale production.

Lavochkin La-168


Specification 
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight4412 kg9727 lb
    Empty weight2973 kg6554 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan9.50 m31 ft 2 in
    Length10.56 m35 ft 8 in
    Wing area18.08 m2194.61 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed1084 km/h674 mph
    Range1275 km792 miles

3-View 
Lavochkin La-168A three-view drawing (1657 x 1077)

Comments
John Orlitta, 11.12.2010

If you're talking about the bulge at the tail of the aircraft, I believe it's a ventral fin.

Mike Cuba, 10.12.2009

What is the bulge on the belly?

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