Tupolev SB shot down over the Eastern Front - 1941
Avia Works built forty-five that were used by Luftwaffe or sent to Bulgaria. The B Katyushkas were powered by Czech-made Avia-Hispano Suiza engines and were able to accommodate the bombload of kg under their wings. The Avia-built B were fitted with a new tubular radiators and gained 15 kph. The idea was copied by the Soviets and brought into use in the SB After the German occupation the Bs were converted to target towing configuration.
Those that were not destroyed on the ground ventured into the air on numerous missions over the front line, and paid a heavy price to the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt Bf F fighters. Production amounted to 6, of all marks.
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Aircraft Lighter than Air Gliders. Main Menu Home Contact Us. At the time SB-2s were passed to the Chinese Nationalist air force to fight aganst the Japanese, and to Czechoslovakia, where the type went into licensed manufacture as the B.
Because all three Aeroplane Works within a range of German bombers were, a new plant was built at the village of Kunovice in South Moravia. Two batches of the B bomber — 40 and 26 machines respectively.
Archangelskij from the ANT The Czechoslovak Air Force had 60 of these aircraft and one at a research institute. Serial production started at Avia and by the German occupation not a single was finished, the unfinished aircraft were completed by the Germans.
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In general the SB-2 performed well until faced with sterner fighter opposition, which occurred over Spain in and in particular over Finland during the Winter War of , when many were shot down. Steps were taken to improve performance by installing the kW MA engine with variable-pitch propellers. Increased fuel capacity and two kW M engines were installed in the Tupolev SB-2bis, the performance of which was improved by three-bladed VISh propellers.
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