Novosibirsk specialists have recreated the all-wood fighter LaGG-3 which was actively used in the early years of the Great Patriotic War, TASS reports with reference to the general director of the Aviarestavratsiya company Vladimir Berns.
LaGG-3 is a monoplane fighter that was in service with the air forces of the Red Army from 1941 to 1944. It is noted that the aircraft had to be restored without any basis, only relying on archival documents, technical descriptions and photographs of the wreckage. In the past, metal parts made up about 20 per cent of the entire structure in this fighter, the rest of the aircraft was made of wood. In addition, the steel oxidized and collapsed, and the aluminium-magnesium alloy burned when the aeroplanes burned.
According to Berns, the specialists managed to achieve not only the external but also the internal identity of the recreated aircraft with real historical models. To do this, together with aviation historians, they revised a huge amount of documentation throughout the country. It is specified that the aircraft created by the restorers will soon be sent to the museum in Verkhnyaya Pyshma.