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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIVe vs Lavochkin La-7


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#11 curmudgeon

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 07:48 AM

The La 7 was designed and set up for a task, who is to say that with tweaking it couldn't be adjusted for altitude? What was Stalin planning to put up against B29s?



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Posted 03 June 2017 - 11:01 AM

The Yak 9U was probably Stalin's best bet against the B-29, at least until the Mig 15 arrived. I don't know of any radials that they got to operate well at high altitude. They also had some Spitfire IXs that had been used for high altitude defence of Moscow. 



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Posted 03 June 2017 - 12:17 PM

They also had some Spitfire IXs that had been used for high altitude defence of Moscow.

Now that would be an interesting situation.

Though those Spits would be unlikely to be still in use by 1945/6 given the relative scarcity of them and the lack of spares, Soviet unfamiliarity with the type etc

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 02:55 PM

Apparently they were supposed to destroy them at the end of hostilities, but used at least some as trainers. However, most were LF IXs, with two HF IXs.






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