Aerodynamics by Theodore Von Kármán

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The pilots noted that the BSh-2 was rather simple to fly and had no peculiarities as compared with the R10 and BB-l. The general conclusion of the military specialists was favourable. In the opinion of military officials it was necessary to manufacture a batch of AM-35-powered BSh2s and have them undergo service trials to investigate tactical performance and develop combat tactics. The official tests had revealed some shortcomings. First of all the pilot's forward view was inadequate owing to the single-engined configuration.

As a result of flight tests it was recommended that a remote-control system be designed for the UBT. The greatest weakness in the Pe-2I's design was the absence of frontal armour for the crew, but it was thought that its installation would not be difficult. 2mph (1 Okm/h) at all altitudes, and it took 30 seconds less to climb to 16,400ft (5,000m). To study aerial combat tactics using twinengined fighters, simulated combats were flown by a Pe-2I with an SB bomber and a MiG-3 fighter. The Pe-2I's greater speed allowed it to overtake and attack the SB from any direction, but owing to its inferior manoeuvrability in the horizontal plane dogfighting during turns was not recommended.

The aircraft had Frise-type ailerons and pneumatically-operated Shrenk-type flaps on the centre section and on the outer panels. Its tail unit was of metal construction, with a tailplane of Duralumin and elevators and a single fin and rudder of Elektron. The same material was used for the aileron frames, and to cover the wing leading edges and tips. The control surfaces were fabric covered. Armament comprised two ShKAS machine guns with a total of 800 rounds in the forward fuselage, and four ShVAK guns with 200 rounds per gun under the wing centre section and cockpit.

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