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Author Topic: Photographs of Battle-Damaged IL-2's  (Read 3521 times)
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« on: January 06, 2011, 11:02:48 AM »

In case anyone doubted that the Shturmovik was a tough plane (the Germans are said to have called it the "Betonflugzeug", or "Concrete Plane", supposedly because of its toughness), here is a photo, with more to follow.

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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 11:09:02 AM »

Here's another.

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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2011, 11:13:53 AM »

And still another - I think you get the picture.  The Il-2 was one tough bird.

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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2011, 02:46:08 PM »

Hi Jason,
all metal wings, am I right?
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2011, 05:07:00 PM »

Hi Jason,
all metal wings, am I right?
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That's correct, Massimo.  You can see why Sergei Ilyushin wanted the IL-2 to return to metal wings so much; they were immensely strong.  He never did want the wooden wings - that was forced upon him by the lack of aluminium, and by the middle of 1944, the IL-2's were once again being produced with metal wings upon Ilyushin's insistence.  However, the wooden wing could also take quite a bit of damage, as you can see in the photographs below.

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2011, 08:08:30 AM »

http://www.sukhoi.ru/forum/showthread.php?t=48060&daysprune=365
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2011, 10:33:51 AM »

Thank you for the link, FPSOlkor!  Great pictures - some I haven't seen before.

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