Sukhoi Su-2

The Sukhoi Su-2 was a Soviet scout and light bomber aircraft used in the early stages of World War II. It was the first airplane designed by Pavel Sukhoi. The basic design received an engine and armament upgrade (Su-4) and was modified for the ground attack role (ShB). Although over 800 Su-2s and Su-4s were built, the aircraft was obsolete and underarmed by the start of World War II, and was quickly replaced by Ilyushin Il-2, Petlyakov Pe-2 and Tupolev Tu-2 bombers. Since the lightened version with an M-88B engine reached 512 km/h (275 kn, 320 mph) in testing, some Su-2 were used as emergency fighters in the opening days of the Great Patriotic War due to heavy Soviet Air Force losses and a shortage of aircraft. Info: Wikipedia Profile: Wings Palette

Sukhoi Su-2
Roelf, Jul 27, 2011
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