late 30's a Soviet biplane R-5 was modified to carry sixteen paratroopers in special compartments fitted onto the lower wing of the aircraft. Each compartment housed two combat ready man with parachutes. R-5 was flown and performed quite well, achieving speeds of 130km/h.
Additional surfaces were fitted under the lower wing (to compensate for loss in wing performance).
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  • From the article at RAF FAQ Page maintained by A.Gretchihine
    Modified January 25, 1996
    by Alexandre Savine;
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