22.07.2014 18:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.
Today we have yet another render of a Soviet aircraft. This time, we will be showing you the Lavochkin La-5FN fighter.
The Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-1 was a 1938 design for a lightweight fighter built from laminated wood. The design was promising, and Soviet aircraft losses in the Winter War led to it being placed into production. In the field, it was found to be underpowered, and improvements led to the LaGG-3. While this was a better aircraft, it still had many problems and was not liked. Eventually, factories were switched to production of the rival Yak-1 and Yak-7.
The La-5 began life as an unofficial experiment to mount the powerful radial ASh-82 engine onto the LaGG-3, using the nose section on the Su-2. The prototype flew in March 1942, and was found superior to the Yak-7. Stalin ordered the La-5 into production in July.
The La-5FN was a further refinement of the design, and while it suffered at high altitudes, in the more common low altitude combat on the Eastern Front, it proved a worthy match to the Luftwaffe's fighters. 9,920 La-5 of all types were produced, and ours was made by Kraetzer, with a cockpit by Fred.
Our winners for this week's screenshot competition is Laboraffe. You can view the winning submission here.
We are now accepting entries for the week of July 21st. If you think you have the best FH2 screenshot, post them here.
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