Alexse'evich Lavochkin headed a design bureau
formed for fighter production under the 1938 program.
The first aircraft, the I-22,
flew in 1939; also called LAGG-
1 (Lavochkin, Gorbunov, Gudkov). Alterations on the production
line 1940-1941 resulted in LAGG-3.
with phenoform-aldehyde impregnated fuselage.
Superseded by La-5 with radial engine in 1942. Followed
by 1943 La-7,1945 La-9,1946 La-11.
This latter allmetal
aircraft was the last piston-engined fighter in Soviet
Air Force. Bureau later produced La-17, the first Soviet
turbojet fighter with reheat, but was disbanded on Lavochkin's
death in 1960.