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Author Topic: U-2 colours for URSS-H224 from I.D. Papanin rescue flight.  (Read 3911 times)
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2016, 08:19:48 PM »



photo is from the "Krasnaya Zvezda" (Red Star) newspapers for March 23, 1936.  Text describes just finished N-127, as it looked before the flight tests. Colours and markings are described in following way:

Самолет окрашен в зеленый и красный цвета. На хвостовом оперении ? флаг арктической авиации. На плоскостях и фюзеляже ? белые опознавательные знаки ?СССР Н-127?. Буква ?Н? означает, что самолет предназначен для полетав в Арктике.

Aircraft is painted in green and red colors. On its tail - the flag of the Arctic aviation. On wings and on the fuselage - white markings "SSSR N-127." Letter "N" means that the aircraft is designed for Arctic flights.

After it completed its mission, N-127 returned to Moscow on May 21, 1936.  "Pravda" reporter L. Hvat describes N-127 landing in following words"

"Темнозеленая машина, поблескивая в солнечных лучах, идет на посадку."

"Dark green plane, shining in the sun, is landing"

Vodopianov's description in my previous post, is from his book published in 1937, so we are not talking about the memoirs written decades after the expedition.

HTH,
KL

 

 
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« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2016, 09:31:32 PM »

Interesting.
Anyway, the fact that it doesn't mention the undersurfaces is not necessarily indicative.  We often write about green/black, overall green, grey/grey planes without mentioning the light blue undersurfaces.
Green and blue has to have been the factory standard as R-5s, then the red bands were added (on N-127 only?).
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« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2016, 10:41:36 PM »

Vodopiyanov mentiones blue undersides:

Нижняя часть крыльев и фюзеляж были выкрашены в голубой цвет, а бока фюзеляжа и верх крыльев ? в зеленый.

Wings and fuselage undersides were painted in light blue, while fuselage sides and wings top were painted in green

This would be the standard VVS scheme. In all three descriptions upper surfaces are described as "green" and in two the plane was described as "shiny/glossy".

Photo below shows boundary between the light blue and red colour on top wing



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KL
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« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2016, 06:33:40 AM »

Hi,
can you confirm that red bands were on 127 only?
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« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2016, 03:15:55 PM »

Thank you Konstantin for this article from old newspaper !  Shocked
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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2016, 08:41:52 AM »

Hi Alex!

It looks that all known photos of N-127 had been taken in March 1936, just before two planes left Moscow...

А при посадке на лед бухты Тихая (Земля Франца-Иосифа) замаскированный снегом выступ льдины срезал лыжу самолета СССР Н-128, и он скапотировал (перевернулся на спину) и разбился. У самолета Водопьянова СССР Н-127 на старте в Москву отказал мотор ? оборвался шатун цилиндра. Таким образом, обе машины летать уже не могли. Но попасть в Москву необходимо. Никаких мастерских, разумеется, на Земле Франца-Иосифа не было. Ждать ледокола? Но это почти полгода! Тогда мы решили из двух самолетов сделать один. Риск огромный, ведь на самолете, собранном из двух негодных, предстояло пересечь два моря ? Баренцево и Карское. Но мы верили в золотые руки бортмехаников Ф. Бассейна и И. Ивашина, в свой опыт и 20 мая благополучно сели на Центральном аэродроме в Москве. Правда, В. Махоткину и И. Ивашину пришлось провести полярное лето на Рудольфе. Так завершился первый в советской авиации высокоширотный перелет. А наш СССР Н-127, как чудо, был выставлен на всеобщее обозрение на площади Дзержинского в дни празднования 19-й годовщины Великой Октябрьской социалистической революции.

N-127 was probably also photographed in May when it returned to Moscow and in October when it was publicly displayed. If interested in this plane, you may find more in old newspapers etc.  Smiley

cheers,
KL
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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2016, 06:21:52 PM »

Good targeting Konstantin, let's see !  Wink
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