- Nov 15, 2008
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So let's assume that I-180 is a bit luckier in its early stages Chkalov does not crashes his prototype and I-180 replaces I-16 in the production lines after 1941. How does this affect Soviet fighter development and production choices after the war has begun? The Yak series of fighters seems to me that it should be unaffected given its use of liquid cooled engines. But the follow up I-185, La-5 and MiG I-211 all used the Ash-82. Discounting the MiG it would seem that I-185 and La-5 are directly antagonistic, while both are already in production. So do we see Lavochkin failing to enter production in favor of I-185? Or is production actually split between the two with the Gorki factory which was initially producing I-16s and the I-180 switching over to I-185 and La-5 still produced at Tbilisi in place of the LaGG-3?