This new addition to the Polish Wings series covers three important aircraft that are virtually unknown outside the old Soviet Union and its satellites. The unique and rare images are supported by clear succinct text in the English language. – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Polskie Skrzydla Polish Wings 26, Petlyakov Pe-2 & UPe-2 Tupolev USB FILE: R3084 AUTHOR: Lechoslaw Musialkowski PUBLISHER: Status, Mushroom Model Publications BINDING: soft back PRICE: £15.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Petlyakov, Tupolev, Pe-2, UPe-2, USB, light bomber, heavy fighter, night fighter, reconnaissance aircraft, Soviet aircraft, Polish aviation
PAGES: 80 IMAGE: B3084.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/sn9xr9e LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This new addition to the Polish Wings series covers three important aircraft that are virtually unknown outside the old Soviet Union and its satellites. The unique and rare images are supported by clear succinct text in the English language. – Most Highly Recommended. The Pe-2, and its trainer variant UPe-2, was an internationally important warplane in its time. It proved versatile, serving as a light bomber, heavy fighter, night fighter, and reconnaissance aircraft. Had it also served outside the Eastern Front during WWII it would have been part of the relatively small list of battle winning aircraft. After WWII it was issued to Soviet satellites as they established their own post-war Air Forces. The Tupolev USB was equally important in its time. As a high speed twin engine three seat monoplane it was outstanding when it first flew in 1934. It was built as a fast light bomber. It was however overtaken by other aircraft in the bomber role as technology moved on rapidly during the late 1930s and early 1940s. It went on to serve in a range of roles, including as a training aircraft. It served the Polish Air Force during the late 1940s as an officer training aircraft, sometimes with the gun t urret faired over, but more commonly with the turret retrained but the gun removed. The book features over 120 photographs and almost 30 full colour plates. The photographs are rare and mostly previously unpublished. The colour drawings are to a very high standard, created by Karolina Holda, and produced specifically to illustrate the book. Although the book is lavishly illustrated, a visual treat and of great value to enthusiasts and modellers, the text should not be under estimated. The text reads well and provides a clear and informative introduction and history with special reference to Polish service. The images are all supported by clear concise captions.