THE spread of the war to the East in the summer of 1941 has disproved the opinions of Russian aeroplanes that were widely held outside that country and, at the same time, it has shown that the progress in design, which started to be apparent between 1925 and 1930, has been steadily maintained. In a previous article an outline of the Soviet aviation system, together with details of some of the then more modern designs, was given for the period up to 1939. Exact information about Russian aeroplanes is still hard to obtain, but what can be discovered bears out the conclusions given in this earlier article.
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