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Pe-2 FT
Dive Bomber

   

Photos from the personal collection of Konstantinos Panitsidis


The Pe-2 dive bombes were built in the USSR in 1939-1940 and during WWII this was the typical frontline bomber of the Soviet Air Force. By the time mass production was stopped in 1946 a total of 11.427 aircraft of differing versions of the Pe-2 were built.

The Pe-2FT is a modernized version produced beginning in 1942. Some of the changes included using a larger engine, improved aerodynamics as well as the introduction of a revolving turret with a 12,7 mm caliber machine gun.

A total of 107 Pe-2FT were in service in the Polish Air Force on May 1, 1945, and most of then were assigned to three bomber regiments of the Air Force. However, these planes never made it into battle prior to war's end in Europe.

The Pe-2 remained in service in the Polish Air Force until 1954 and then was replaced with the Il-28 jet bombers.

 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS  
DESIGNER OKB Petlyakov
COUNTRY Russia
TYPE Dive Bomber
CREW 3
POWER-PLANT Two reciprocating motor M-105PF
Thrust, h.p 2 x 1.260
DIMENSIONS  
Length, m 12,66
Height, m 3,42
Wing span, m 17,13
Wing area, m2 40,50
WEIGHT  
Normal take-off, kg 8.250
Empty aircraft, kg -
Maximum take-off, kg -
Internal fuel, kg -
PERFORMANCE  
Maximum speed, km/h 580
Cruising speed, km/h -
Max speed in low height, km/h 437
Rate of climb, m/min -
Service ceiling, m 8.800
Range, km 1.350 (with a 1.000 kg bomb)
Combat range, km -
ARMAMENT 2 machine guns SxKAS caliber 76,2 mm, 3 heavy caliber machine gun UBT caliber 12,7 mm, 1 x 600-1000 kg bomb
 
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