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ground attack
one or two
Mikulin Am-38F V-12
1,720 h.p.
9,960 lbs.
14,000 lbs.
2- 23 mm
1- 12.7 mm
38 ft. 3 in.
47 ft. 11 in.
255 mph
1,400 fpm
20,000 feet
475 miles

Ilyushin IL-2

Ilyushin IL-2
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The Ilyushin IL-2 was the backbone of Soviet anti-tank and ground attack units of World War II. It had massive integrated armour which protected all aircraft vital parts and formed a cocoon to protect its pilot.

Two forward firing high velocity cannons were the standard weapons of the Ilyushin IL-2. The aircraft had bomb bays which could carry up to 192 anti-tank bombs. Grenade launchers on board could fire small mines suspended from parachutes which could be dropped in the path of pursuing fighters.

When first deployed in 1941, the IL-2 was produced with a single seat. In 1942, a second crew member, manning a 12.7 mm machine gun from the rear cockpit, was added to give protection against attacking fighters.

The ground attack aircraft played a key part in the Soviet counter attack at Stalingrad. They flew over 1,000 sorties against German ground forces. At Kursk, they virtually wiped out all German tanks and artillery.

The Ilyushin IL-2 is the most produced aircraft in history, with over 36,000 of all types built.

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Ilyushin IL-2 -TDM

Pictured above is the Ilyushin IL-2 from TDM Models. It is available as a short kit. Plans. are also sold separately. Wingspan is 34" and length is 27". TDM recommends either an AXI 2212/20 or Mega 16/15/6 motor. It has an all up weight from 24 to 28 oz.

Dave Becker emailed us: "Thank you for your page about the historic Ilyushin IL-2. I have always wanted to model the aircraft, and was happy when TDM came out with it. The TDM Models Ilyushin IL-2 equipped with the recommended AXI motor has a great rate of climb. Loops can be accomplished with just over 1/2 throttle. Stalls are very predictable and it is easy to land. This is a great model for someone with some building experience who can fly low wing aileron control aircraft. Cheers, Dave." Thank you very much, Dave, for telling us about your experiences with the TDM Ilyushin IL-2.

The first two pictures immediately below are of Tuomas Pietinen and his scratch built Ilyushin IL-2 constructed from blue foam. It has a wingspan of 60". Tuomas uses a LRK 35015 motor turning a 10 x 5 propeller for power. All up weight is about 3 3/4 lbs.

The third picture below is of a Ilyushin IL-2 built from Radio Control Modeler plans. The plans are by David P. Andersen. It uses primarily balsa and ply for construction. Suggested power are engines from .90 to 1.08.

Hobby-Place.net has a page with a picture of an Ilyushin IL-2 kit on it. It is it 1/12 scale.

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Ilyushin IL-2 - Tuomas Pietinen

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Ilyushin IL-2
Ilyushin IL-2 - RCM

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