Home Intro People Events Equipment Places Maps Books Photos Videos Other Reference FAQ About

World War II Database

La-5 file photo [121]


Primary RoleFighter
Maiden Flight1 March 1942


ww2dbaseThe La-5 (Ла-5) fighters were designed because of the poor performance of LaGG-1 and LaGG-3 fighters, which had pushed the rival aircraft manufacturing company Yakovlev's Yak-1 into the spotlight. The design was still largely based on the LaGG-3, but when the prototype took flight in Mar 1942, the difference was easy to see; in fact, test pilots declared that the performance was on par with, or exceeding, that of Yak-7. In Jul 1942, production of La-5 began with the conversion of incomplete LaGG-3 airframes into the new design. In summer of 1943, the Germans captured a La-5FN. Test pilot Hans-Werner Lerhe flew the captured aircraft and noted that the fighter excelled at lower altitudes (below 3,000 meters) and had a high top-speed, but suffered several disadvantages including a short range and overly-complicated cockpit levers. Out of the 9,920 built, many La-5 fighters survived the war and remained in the air forces of Soviet Bloc countries.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Sep 2006


MachineryOne Shvetsov ASh-82FN radial engine rated at 1,630hp
Armament2x20mm ShVAK cannon, 8xRS-82 rockets or up to 500kg of bombs
Span9.80 m
Length8.67 m
Height2.54 m
Wing Area17.50 m²
Weight, Empty2,605 kg
Weight, Loaded3,265 kg
Weight, Maximum3,402 kg
Speed, Maximum648 km/h
Rate of Climb16.70 m/s
Service Ceiling11,000 m
Range, Normal475 km


La-5 aircraft resting on a snowy airfield, date unknownA La-5FN aircraft being serviced on an airfield, Ukraine, 11 Sep 1944

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anatoly says:
20 Dec 2006 05:40:57 PM

Maximal speed for La-5 is 403 mlsh, not kmh, which stands for ~670 kmh - close for the reality for this very good Russian fighter.

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments


1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

Change View
Desktop View

Search WW2DB
La-5 Fighter Photo Gallery
La-5 aircraft resting on a snowy airfield, date unknownA La-5FN aircraft being serviced on an airfield, Ukraine, 11 Sep 1944

Famous WW2 Quote
"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!