posted on Jul, 25 2006 @ 06:34 AM
The small plane in the 1st and 3rd pictures is a Su-2. That's the first production Sukhoi you've got there, which makes it a very special aircraft.
It was a close support airplane and a very decent one, it would have made a name for it self if it wasn't substituted very early in the war by the
outstanding IL-2 Shturmovik, which was so far ahead of its time that is considered by most historians to be one of the pivotal weapons that turned the
war in the east (along with T-34 tank, the La-5 fighter and PPSh-43 SMG). So the Su-2 had the bad luck of being born in the wrong time, but is non the
less a remarkable aircraft, loved by the pilots because although no fighter, it could give a ME-109E a run for its money.
Second picture is new to me, looks like a late war medium bomber prototype, deffinitely not production aircraft.
The ANT-25 in the fourth picture is a very long-range record plane (hence the huge wing). It set a number of long-range records during the 30's
(mainly over the Antarctic), flown by some of the best russian test-pilots.