Author: Dmitriy Khazanov and Aleksander Medved
Company: Osprey Publishing
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The Petlyakov Pe-2 was an interesting and formidable aircraft widely used by the Soviets against the Germany army during WW II. Originally designed as a high-altitude fighter by Vladimir M. Petlyakov while he was in prison, the Pe-2 became the standard tactical bomber of the Soviet air force. The twin-engined aircraft was used as a light bomber, a dive-bomber, a heavy fighter, a ground attack aircraft, a night fighter, and a reconnaissance aircraft. It was fast, maneuverable, and rugged. These attributes, along with its versatility, made it the most produced twin-engine combat aircraft ever. When production ended in 1945 over 11,400 Pe-2's had been built. Its two 1,260 hp liquid-cooled V-12s carried the 3-man crew to a speed of 360 mph, an altitude of 28,800 feet, and to a range of 720 miles. Its armament consisted of machine guns and cannons, which varied as to model. Its payload topped out at 3,500 pounds. The Pe-2 would serve on all major fronts for the Soviets, but nowhere did it have more impact than on the Soviet’s western front against the Germans.