Over on his YouTube channel Adam 9A4QV has uploaded a video showing how an LNA work to improve signal SNR on VHF, as long as the LNA is placed close to the antenna. Adam is the manufacturer and seller of the popular LNA4ALL low noise amplifiers.
On UHF and high frequencies an LNA can help by reducing the system noise figure, but on VHF this effect is small. But if the LNA is placed near the antenna then the LNA can still help significantly by overcoming any losses in the coax cable, filters, switches or any other lossy components in the signal path. It might also help create a better SWR match for the dongle and antenna. The video has some sound issues in during the demonstration part, but on his Reddit thread Adam writes:
Akos from the RTLSDR4Everyone blog has recently posted three new articles. The first article reviews the Janilab LNA Preamp which has a frequency range of 1 MHz to 3 GHz and an adjustable gain. In the review he compares reception with and without the preamp at shortwave frequencies and at ADS-B frequencies. Finally he also compares it against the LNA4ALL and LNA4HF, and notes that they generally have better specs than the Janilab preamp, but the disadvantage is needing two to cover HF + VHF/UHF, meaning an increase in costs.
In his third post Akos does a review on small ADS-B antennas. These are small whip type antennas that are tuned for 1090 MHz. In his testing he found that a telescopic antenna gave significantly better results that the ADS-B whip, but recognizes that these are designed for pilots and light aircraft owners who need a small sturdy antenna.