The Soviet Light Bomber Petlyakov Pe-2

Oleg Pomoshnikov

Date Published :
April 2019
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Color profiles, A4 and B2 drawing sheets
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9788366148208
Pages : 20
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Petlakov Pe-2 (Peshka) is the best-known twin-engine light bomber of Soviet aviation in World War II. The plane was susceptible to structural changes, which allowed it to be used as a heavy fighter (also night), a dive bomber or a long reconnaissance plane.

Vladimir Petlakov constructed the Pe-2 in prison, where he got in 1937 for allegedly delaying the works on the ANT-42 Tupolev bomber. Petlakow, while serving the sentence, was appointed the head of the constructors' group, which was to create a fast and durable machine that could freely escort the ANT-42. That is how the VI-100 was made. It was a quite advanced plane for its time (the first flight took place on December 22, 1939). It was a fully metal construction. The machine was equipped with a pressurised cockpit, turbochargers and many advanced electronic systems.

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