Andrei N. Tupolev designed the Tupolev Tu-2 (originally designated the ANT-58) from his prison cell at the Butyrkii prison. He was ordered to make an aircraft better than the German Ju 88. The aircraft was also supposed to be the successor to the Petlyakov Pe-2. His design was approved on March 1, 1940.
Eventually Tupolev was released from prison and awarded the Stalin prize.
The Tupolev Tu-2 was made of metal components.
The cockpit had a bullet proof windscreen.
There was a radio mast mounted to the left side. The wires went from the mast to the port tail fin and down the left side of the nose.
The landing gear retracted rearward.
The wing had low drag as it had flush riveting.
The tips of the Tu-2's wing were removable.
The Tupolev Tu-2 had a retractable tail wheel.
The Tu-2s tail was fabric covered. It had an eight degree dihedral.