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Pe-8 after the war
Updated on January 30, 2016
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Plane s/n 4218, the eighth one, received a modernization of the airframe, landing gear, the new AM-35A engines and tail unit type CF-1 TAT. It was one of the few early-type aircraft survived the war.

After the war, in 1945, it was used as a flying laboratory for testing the engine AL-82FN, mounted on its nose.

   
Pe-8 in a demolition facility in the early '50s. One can see the apparently uniform uppersurface livery, that someone considers as an uniform A-33m grey livery for the uppersurfaces, introduced in late 1944.
 

 

Plane CCCP-H398 (SSSR-N398) of Polar Aviation. The plane has an orange high visibility livery.

The emblem of the polar aviation (a white bear inside a dark blue circle) is visible on the tail.

Right:

plane CCCP-H396 (SSSR-N396) of Polar Aviation. The emblem of Polar Aviation is visible on the right side of the nose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing of the same plane from Pe-8 Der sowjetische Fernbomber of Ulrich Unger

Below: always the same plane, but this thime the engine cowlings appear dark.

 

Another plane of Polar Aviation, apparently with a darker livery (red?).

A Russian forum on polar aviation can be found at http://www.polarpost.ru/forum/index.php

(but at a first look, there is nothing on Pe-8s)

Above: plane CCCP H-556 (SSSR N-556 in Western translitteration) nerar Moscow in 1954. Note the different propellers and ASh-73 engines in their shining cowlings.

Left: Pe-8 of Polar Aviation. The painting is interesting: I don't think it is an old camouflage (as apparently preserved by the C-47 on the background) because there are not undersurfaces of different colors; it looks likely that the plane is painted orange with a soft blue nose and a red lightning.

Below: another plane with the same blurried blue (?) nose on orange (?) background. It differs from the previous one for its dark spinners. The engine nacelles and a part of the wings around them appear painted with blurried dark blue (?). An inscription, probably "Aviaarktika", can be seen on the side of the nose.

From http://scalemodels.ru/modules/forum/viewtopic_t_3492_start_820.html

Two images of plane CCCP H-562 (SSSR N-562) while transporting a dismantled Mi-1 helicopter.

Note the later ASh-73 engines with four-bladed propellers.

Below, details of the helicopter

Images from Pe-8 Der sowjetische Fernbomber of Ulrich Unger

Color profile of the same plane, from Pe-8 Der sowjetische Fernbomber of Ulrich Unger