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Shavrov Sh2- by A1R

Adrian K

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If you like old-classic planes, this one is for you.



The Shavrov SH-2, also known as the Shavrov Sh-2 or Chaika (Seagull), was a Soviet amphibious aircraft designed by Sergei Shavrov in the 1930s. It was primarily used for military reconnaissance and training purposes. The SH-2 was a single-engine biplane with a two-person cockpit, retractable landing gear, and a hull that allowed it to take off and land on water. It was powered by a Shvetsov M-11 five-cylinder radial engine and had a top speed of around 170 km/h (106 mph) and a range of about 700 km (435 miles). A total of around 300 SH-2s were produced between 1934 and 1941. Some were also exported to other countries, including China, where they were used in combat during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

The aircraft's amphibious capabilities allowed it to reach locations that were inaccessible by other means of transportation. Its rugged construction and simple design made it easy to maintain and repair in the field, which was important for expeditions to remote areas. Some variants were highly modified for specific expeditions, such as adding extra fuel tanks for longer range, or installing specialized equipment for scientific research.

Sh-2 is powered by a single five-cylinder radial engine.





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