The Sh-1 remained a prototype, being developed into the slightly larger and refined Sh-2, whose first test flight, made from land, was on 11 November 1930. The type later met severe requirements both for operation from water and land and was built in quantity, production being quoted from 300 to 700 according to source. The Sh-2 served throughout the Soviet Union as a utility transport, for liaison, and as a trainer, and for many years was used on fishery protection duties and frontier patrol work. They supported Arctic operations and 16 were built under the designation Sh-2S as air ambulances carrying one or two stretcher patients. In 1939 Aeroflot built additional Sh-2s from available spares and later the type was reinstated in production. As well as use for the civil roles indicated, the Sh-2 was flown by the V-VS as a general-purpose aircraft. A number of later machines had a glazed crew cabin and other refinements, becoming redesignated Sh-2bis most had improved M-11L engines.
| Take-off weight||937 kg||2066 lb|
| Loaded weight||660 kg||1455 lb|
| Wingspan||13 m||43 ft 8 in|
| Length||8.2 m||27 ft 11 in|
| Wing area||24.7 m2||265.87 sq ft|
| Max. speed||139 km/h||86 mph|
| Ceiling||3850 m||12650 ft|
| Range||1300 km||808 miles|
|A three-view drawing (900 x 595)|
Thank you for the correction, Igor Zvezdin. Does an *original* Sh-2 exist anywhere, and if so, where?
|Igor Zvezdin, 30.08.2011|
The citation:"The only Sh-2 I know of outside Russia is a beautifully restored one in the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum in Creve Coeur, Missouri, U.S.A. I saw it there a few years ago, and it's a very pretty little plane; I wish I had one myself."
You are mistaken! This plane (remark) is constructed in the USSR! All works on manufacturing of the given remark, have been executed by cadets of Egorevsky aviation school of civil aircraft, under the direction of teachers, during the period with 1984 for 1986. I one of those who built it! The given plane has been bought (practically for nothing) and is delivered in the USA in 90th years of the last century.
The only Sh-2 I know of outside Russia is a beautifully restored one in the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum in Creve Coeur, Missouri, U.S.A. I saw it there a few years ago, and it's a very pretty little plane; I wish I had one myself.
|John Rutherford, 12.10.2007|
Where can I buy one, and would Transport Canada allow it in Canada?
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?