[rescue] Sun crushes the used Sun market
Janet L. Campbell
janet at foonly.com
Wed Jun 29 14:04:21 CDT 2005
On Wed, 29 Jun 2005, Sandwich Maker wrote:
> i know we gave the russians lots of tooling under lend/lease in ww2.
> from suspiciously identical specs this included a wide variety of
> radial a/c engines, at least one sikorski heli, and something called a
> 'tupolev tu-2' [or whatever the 'design bureau' was] that matched
> cm-for-inch the dc3. iirc they were made into the '60s and were
> russia's standard siberia plane, displaced by the inferior yak-40 jet.
> maybe the dc3 clone was called the yak-2. either way, makes me wonder
> how many gooneys wandering the world's hinterlands are gen-u-wine
> douglases or russkie knockoffs?
I think you're talking about the Lisunov Li-2, which was essentially a
metric copy of the DC-3 (Lisunov was chief engineer at the factory it was
produced at). The Soviets originally made imperial prototypes in
1937-1938, the first production metric version flew in 1939. Early Li-2's
used quite a few genuine DC-3 parts, the design was refined and diverged
from the DC-3 over WW-II.
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