The Polikarpov Po-2 is a two-seated general purpose biplane developed by the Polikarpov Design Bureau primarily used as a training aircraft, but could serve other purposes such as ground attack and reconnaissance. Making it's first flight in June 24 1927, and entering service in 1929, it has the longest production run out of any Soviet aircraft, with over 20000 built.
The biplane was most famously used by the Soviet 588th Night Bomber Regiment, also known as the "Night Witches", an all female pilot and ground crew complement, who became known for low altitude night raids on German positions during the second World War, with the aircraft then seeing combat in North Korean service during the course of the Korean War, performing raids on UN bases.
The Po-2's NATO reporting name is "Mule," and is nicknamed "Kukuruznik" (Maize Duster) by Russian pilots.
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Tier: 9-C with Machine Gun, 9-B with bombs
Name: Polikarpov Po-2
Origin: The Real World
Classification: General Purpose Biplane
Height: 3.1 meters
Length: 8.17 meters
Weight: Empty weight 770 kg, loaded weight 1030 kg, maximum takeoff weight is 1350 kg.
Needed Prerequisite for Use: At least a pilot, fuel, training, and a runway with an optimal distance to take off
Used By: USSR, North Korea, Poland, various others
Powered By: 1 Shvetsov M-11D 5-cylinder radial engine
Operational Timeframe: Several hours
Range: Machine gun can reach hundreds of meters, aircraft has a range of 630 km.
Speed: Subsonic (Top speed is 152 kph)
Durability: Wall level (Is this large)
Weaknesses: Vulnerable while taking off/landing
- Rear-mounted 7.62mm ShKAS Machine Gun
- Up to 6 50 kg bombs