LaGG-3 cockpit images
By Massimo Tessitori
File updated on February 20, 2005
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These images are from Voronin-Koesnikov book about MiG-3 and Lavockins. 
At present time, they are one of the best references available on internal details of LaGG-3s.
Below there is a partial translation of the captions, thanks to Dronezz and Exec228.
These drawings refer to the prototypes and early series.
Late versions had an oxygen bottle behind the headrest, slightly moved on the left, as on La-5s.

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12 - instrument panel (upper part); 
14 - PBP-1A gunsight; 
15 - control stick; 
16 - oxygen equipment KPA-3-bis; 
18 - pilot's seat; 
19 - armour plate behind pilot's seat - 8 mm; 
41 - rudder pedals; 
42 - lower part of instrument panel; 
44 - fuel cutting tap; 
46 - hand pumpe "Alveier"; 
88 - hand (emergency) water pump; 
89 - pump for blocking tail skid; 
90 - hands for coolings flaps control; 
91- control wheel for trimmer of ailerons; 
92 - control of 2-stage supercharger; 
93 - receiver (radio) RSI-3; 
94 - selector of altitude corrector for engine;
95 - selector of normal corrector for engine; 
96 - sector of airscrew pitch;
97 - instrument panel of airplanes of the last series; 
98 - pump "Viet", flooding pump?; 
99 - control wheels for rudder and trimmer tabs; 
100 - lower parts of instrument panel of the aircraft from the first serie. 

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This is a very early configuration of the instruments panel.
This configuration of the instrument panel is the more common, and it is identical to that of La-5.
Here is a partial and partially speculative interpretation of the instruments panel, again thanks to Dronezz and Exec228.
Whoever can correct or complete it, please write to me.
                          1.clock
                          2.speedometer
                          3.tachometer
                          4.fuel indicator
                          5.RSI-4 radio receiver
                          6.altimeter
                          7.compass
                          8.supercharge
                          9.oil temperature (biggest dial), oil pressure (left dial), fuel pressure (right dial). inflow gauge
                          10.voltmeter
                          11.slip indicator (turn and bank)
                          12.variometer
                          13.thermometer.
                          14.
                          15.pressure.
                          16.
                          17.magneto (ignition?)
                          18.title "extraction" (less probably "launch")
                          19.title "retraction", "removal"
                          20.
                          21.
                          22.
                          23.
                          24.
                          25.

Here are some images of the cockpit of LaGG-3 from Il-2 flight simulator. It looks a good reproduction from Voronin and Kolesnikov drawings. Some lines are more angular because of software characteristics.
The colors interpretation is interesting, and could be in accord with those sustaining that the base color used on the Lavockin program was ALG-5 interior green, but it looks in contrast with the available images, that show light colors both for the instrument panel and for sides.

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From Lavochkin Piston-engined fighters of Yefim Gordon
This is the better image available of the instrument panel of an early LaGG-3.
The dominant color of the instrument panel is relatively light, with black instruments.
The gunsight is visible.
The dominant color of wooden parts on the sidewalls could be silver paint.
The dark rectangle on the side could be a leather revetment to avoid wood damaging during the pilot access.

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This is an image of Finnish origin. Again, we see a light unidentified color on the instrument panel, and sides look as silver-painted wood.
See http://www.fortunecity.com/meltingpot/portland/971/reference/russian.htm for the use of silver on LaGG-3 structures.
Another image coming from Finland.



 
Here are some images of a La-5 wreck under restoration at the Fighter Factory, which is a Restoration Facility in Suffolk, Virginia about 130 miles out of Richmond.
(photos by Robert N. Abbott, from  http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/ )
This type is very similar to LaGG-3, was built in 1942/1943 in Zavod 21 at Gorki aside LaGG-3s and even the shape of the wooden fuselage is the same of LaGG-3s with obliquely cutten forward part; for what is known, only the side attachments for the metal plates behind the exhausts allow to understand that this is not a LaGG-3.
The light shade of exterior green is a mistery, probably it's not original.
The interiors seem to show a confusion of many colors. While the seat is A-14 grey, the rear interior surfaces seem to be painted with some dark grey, possibly faded black (this should be coherent with other sources) and/or blue grey wooden aerolak (possibly, the vane between seat backrest and the end of the rear window).
The most noticeable thing is that the sides of the cockpit and the part under the windshield look painted with an irregular layer of silver by hand brush. This could be a late repainting, but it could be original too, and it looks coherent with old wartime available photos.
Some faded emerald green structures and details are visible too, they don't look repainted and could be original too, as the dark grey of gun supports and projectiles guides looks.

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