Petlyakov PE-2 In Action


Petlyakov PE-2 In Action

Petlyakov PE-2 In Action (Aicraft Number 181)
By Hans-Heiri Stapfer

Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications Inc. 2002 52 Pages
ISBN: 0897474392
PDF 25 MB

The Petlyakov Pc-2 was the most numerous bomber deployed by the Soviet Voyenno-Vozdushniye Sily (VVS; Military Air Forces) in World War Two. State Aviation Factories completed I 1,247 examples between 1940 and 1945 — more than any other Soviet bomber in history. The Pe-2 was fast and accurate in a dive: however, it had an internal bomb load of only 600 kd (1322.8 pounds) and poor handling characteristics during landing — including bounc-ing off the landing strip. Nevertheless, the Peshka (Pawn, or little Petlyakov) became the back-hone of the Soviet Dive-Bomber Aviation Regiments during the Great Patriotic War (the Soviet name for the 1941-45 war with German).




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