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Tupolev SB - Soviet High Speed Bomber

Our newest publication, "Tupolev SB - Soviet High Speed Bomber" by Mikhail Maslov, is now available. Retail price is $50.00.

SALE! Remaining copies of "Tupolev SB" are now $25.00 each. SALE!


The first of Tupolev's designs to use a smooth metal skin, the SB was a truly innovative design.

This two-engined bomber underwent constant development throughout its service life. The Soviets modified it for use as a dive-bomber (the Ar-2) as well as a civil airliner (the PS-40 & PS-41). It served in the Soviet Air Force, Civil Air Fleet, as well as with the Soviet Polar Aviation Directorate.

It was also supplied to the Republican Air Force for use during the Spanish Civil War. The SB proved to be faster than the other bombers in use at the start of the conflict in Spain. In fact, it was even faster than the fighters sent up to intercept it.

Supplied to China in the late 1930s, it was used against the Japanese through May 1943.

Other examples were given to the Czechoslovakian Air Force and the design was later produced by the Czechs under license as the Avia B-71.

The SB was used against Finland during the Soviet-Finnish (Winter) War. Captured examples were used by the Finns, and the Germans also later supplied the Finns with some of their cache of captured SBs for use against Soviet submarines during World War II.

(All of this makes for some interesting options for modelers.)

Book Details

This 8-5/8" x 11-1/2" 224 page hardcover book is printed on glossy paper. The text is entirely in English (only). The book includes:

SALE! Remaining copies of "Tupolev SB" are now $25.00 each. SALE!

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