Polikarpov Po-2

Polikarpov Po-2

CountrySoviet Union
TypeGeneral-purpose biplane
PhotographVladimir Yakubov
LocateFantasy of Flight, Polk City
DescriptionAlbum of 83 photos walk-around of a «Polikarpov Po-2»

Photo gallery of a Polikarpov Po-2, The Polikarpov Po-2 (also U-2) served as a general-purpose Soviet biplane, nicknamed Kukuruznik (Russian: Кукурузник, from Russian “kukuruza” (кукуруза) for maize; thus, “maize duster” or “crop duster”), NATO reporting name “Mule”. The reliable, uncomplicated concept of the Po-2’s design made it an ideal training aircraft, as well as doubling as a low-cost ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, psychological warfare and liaison aircraft during war, proved to be one of the most versatile light combat types to be built in the Soviet Union. As of 1978 it remained in production for a longer period of time than any other Soviet-era aircraft. It is one of the most produced aircraft, and may be the most produced biplane with production possibly as high as 30,000 Po-2s built between 1928 and 1959.However, production figures for Polikarpov U-2 and Po-2 bombers and trainers combined are between 20,000 and 30,000. with production ending as early as 1952.

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Po-2 Walk Around
PhotographersDmitri Sribnyi, Oleg Sheshenja

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The Polikarpov Po-2 was a Soviet biplane that served as an all-weather multirole aircraft during World War II. It was also known as U-2, for its initial training role, and Kukuruznik, for its agricultural use. The Po-2 was simple to produce and maintain, and more than 20,000 units were built. In flight, it was very reliable and forgiving of most pilot errors.
The Po-2 was used for various tasks on the Eastern Front, such as liaison, medevac, supply, reconnaissance and psychological warfare. It was especially effective as a night harassment bomber, flying at low altitude and dropping bombs on German positions. The Po-2 was nicknamed Nähmaschine (sewing machine) by the Germans because of the distinctive sound of its engine. One of the most famous units that flew the Po-2 was the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, composed entirely of female pilots and mechanics. Some of them flew over a thousand missions and received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
The Po-2 was also used in the Korean War by the North Korean and Chinese forces. It proved to be surprisingly resilient against jet fighters, thanks to its low speed and maneuverability. The Po-2 remained in service until the late 1950s, when it was replaced by more modern aircraft. However, it is still remembered as one of the most versatile and successful light combat aircraft of the Soviet Union.

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