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  • Rnd 1 Grp A - Polikarpov Po-2 (Russia) vs Hawker Hart & variants (Britain)

    Round 1, Group A: Polikarpov Po-2 (SU/Russia) vs Hawker Hart & variants (Britain)




    Candidate #13 - Polikarpov Po-2 (SU/Russia)

    Service Intro - 1929
    Roles - trainer; ground attack; recon; liaison/general purpose
    Quantity Produced - 25,000 (very approx. - give or take a few thousand)
    User Nations - SU/Russia + at least 15 other countries

    For further info & some technical details, you can start with Wiki here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polikarpov_Po-2









    Candidate #14 - Hawker Hart & variants (Britain)
    (Includes Audax, Demon, Hardy, Hind & Osprey)

    Service Intro - 1930
    Roles - light bomber; army co-operation; fighter; carrier fighter/recon; trainer; general purpose
    Quantity Produced - 3,000 (approx.)
    User Nations - Britain + 10 other countries

    For further info & some technical details, you can start with Wiki here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hart#Osprey









    Will you vote for the Po-2 or the Hart?


    Only one of these two candidates will make it to the next round!


    Which of them is the more significant and/or influential?


    Consider the criteria with care! You decide!
    71
    Polikarpov Po-2 (SU/Russia)
    61.97%
    44
    Hawker Hart & variants (Britain)
    38.03%
    27

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by panther3485; 05 Dec 15, 03:37.
    "Chatfield, there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today!"
    Vice Admiral Beatty to Flag Captain Chatfield; Battle of Jutland, 31 May - 1 June, 1916.

  • #2
    I went with the Night Witches favorite.
    Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

    Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

    by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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    • #3
      Numbers. 25,000 is A LOT

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      • #4
        Reckon it's gonna be the Polikarpov for me.
        "Chatfield, there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today!"
        Vice Admiral Beatty to Flag Captain Chatfield; Battle of Jutland, 31 May - 1 June, 1916.

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        • #5
          The PO-2 is without doubt my FAVOURITE aircraft of all time?

          Seriously, you say?

          How can someone love this thing?

          Well, I have read German accounts of infantry that CURSE this little aircraft to high heaven. The "Withches" used to switch their engines off and glide in before dropping their loads, for maxinmum morale effect. The superb handling and avionics of this little craft meant that it was the easiest thing in the world to teach someone to fly.

          Ease of production assisted turning out this craft in large numbers.

          and they were incredibly cheap to produce.

          The Soviets got a lot of ban per buck out of it.

          I look forward to another match with this aircraft. It's many roles, its faithful and effective wartime service, its ubiquitous numbers, its ease of construction, maintenance and ability to operate in any weather condition should make this a finalist of true worth.

          And all this from a Bi-plane that could barely defend itself, proof that any airframe is effective if placed in the right role. These aircraft flew in weather conditions that grounded the rest of the Luftwaffe!

          An all Russian success story, IMHO.
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          • #6
            Polikarpov Po-2 (SU/Russia)

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