Closely related to the La-126, the La-130 - first flown on
16 June 1946 - embodied a number of refinements, both
aerodynamic and structural, and featured a revised fuel
system of increased capacity. It retained the ASh-82FN
radial of the preceding fighters, but provision was
made for a quartet of 23mm NS-23 cannon. Series production
was authorised in November 1946 as the La-9, deliveries to the VVS commencing February 1947 from
GAZ 21 at Gor'kiy. A tandem two-seat training version,
the La-9UTI, was flown in July 1947, and series production
continued for three years, 1,630 single-seaters and
265 two-seaters being built.
One example, designated
La-138, was fitted with two PVRD-430 ramjets of 300kg underwing, factory testing being performed
during March and April 1947, and increases in level
speed of 107 to 112km/h were recorded
in level flight. A small batch of aircraft was completed with underwing provision for RD-13 pulsating athodyds, or pulse-jets, as La-9RDs. These boosters were
found to have a deleterious effect on handling characteristics.
|A three-view drawing (1673 x 1240)|
| Take-off weight||3676 kg||8104 lb|
| Empty weight||2660 kg||5864 lb|
| Wingspan||9.8 m||32 ft 2 in|
| Length||8.6 m||28 ft 3 in|
| Wing area||17.7 m2||190.52 sq ft|
| Max. speed||690 km/h||429 mph|
| Ceiling||10800 m||35450 ft|
| Range||1735 km||1078 miles|
|Jason Moore, 26.11.2011|
Probably the best low to medium altitude piston-engined fighter ever. I'd take this aeroplane in a fight below 15,000 ft. over any other piston-engined design. The four 23mm armament was in particular monstrously powerful. A one-second burst would have shredded any other single-engined 'plane.
|Ed Hunter, 23.09.2011|
Essentially La-7? Not really. How do you transform a wooden construction into all-metal one? It's essentially new, it just looks similar to La-7. For example the wing is all new, laminar flow, fuel capacity is 835l instead of 464l, firepower 4x23mm instead of 3x20mm, etc.
This aircraft was essentially an all-metal version of the famous La-7.Despite it's obsolence compared to jets it served with distinction in Korea
|Stewart Graham, 25.06.2010|
Does anyone know if there are plans available for this aircraft?? even scale plans would do!!
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?