Chief Master Sergeant
- Jun 25, 2013
A twin that needs both engines to maintain level flight is worse than a single; as twin-engine aircraft are slightly more likely to have a single engine failure than an aircraft with one engine.We also have the Russians claiming it flew well on one engine, something the PE-2 was not supposed to do for very long, at least according to one account.
One also has to look at many of it's contemporaries. Blenheims and Beauforts (and Hampdens early Wellingtons) struggled to stay in the air on one engine and often didn't. Many other early war twin engine bombers could not maintain height on one engine.
Which twin is more of a death trap, a plane that has bad spin characteristics or one that won't stay in the air with one engine?