|Πρώτη πτήση||29 Ιανουαρίου 1941|
Συλλογή φωτογραφιών ενός Τουπόλεφ TU-2S, The Tupolev Tu-2 (development names ANT-58 and 103; NATO reporting name Bat) was a twin-engine Soviet high-speed daylight and frontline (SDB and FB) bomber aircraft of World War II vintage. The Tu-2 was tailored to meet a requirement for a high-speed bomber or dive-bomber, with a large internal bombload, and speed similar to that of a single-seat fighter. Designed to challenge the German Junkers Ju 88, the Tu-2 proved comparable, and was produced in torpedo, interceptor and reconnaissance versions. The Tu-2 was one of the outstanding combat aircraft of World War II and it played a key role in the Red Army’s final offensives
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The Tupolev TU-2 was a twin-engine bomber aircraft developed by the Soviet Union during World War II. It was designed by Andrei Tupolev and his team as a replacement for the outdated SB-2 and DB-3 bombers. The TU-2 was one of the most versatile and successful Soviet aircraft of the war, serving in various roles such as tactical bomber, dive bomber, night fighter, reconnaissance, and torpedo bomber. The TU-2 had a sleek metal monocoque fuselage, a high-mounted wing with dihedral, and a retractable tailwheel landing gear. It was powered by two Shvetsov ASh-82 radial engines that gave it a top speed of 547 km/h (340 mph) and a range of 2,050 km (1,270 mi). The TU-2 had a crew of four: pilot, navigator/bombardier, radio operator/gunner, and rear gunner. It could carry up to 3,000 kg (6,600 lb) of bombs in an internal bomb bay and on external racks. It was armed with three 12.7 mm (0.5 in) UBT machine guns and one 20 mm (0.79 in) ShVAK cannon for self-defense.
The TU-2 entered service in 1942 and proved to be an effective bomber that could withstand heavy enemy fire and deliver accurate strikes on various targets. It was used extensively on the Eastern Front against the German forces, as well as on other fronts such as China, Korea, and Finland. The TU-2 also participated in the Berlin airlift in 1948-49, delivering supplies to the besieged city. The TU-2 was exported to several countries after the war, including China, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and North Korea. It remained in service until the late 1950s, when it was replaced by jet bombers such as the IL-28 and the TU-16. The TU-2 was regarded as one of the best Soviet bombers of its time and a significant achievement of Tupolev’s design bureau.
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