Category:Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik

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A Soviet Air Force Il-2M.

The Ilyushin Il-2 was a ground-attack aircraft (Shturmovik in russian) in the Second World War, produced by the Soviet Union in very large numbers. In combination with its successor, the Ilyushin Il-10, a total of 42,330 were built, making it the single most produced military aircraft design in all of aviation history. Built under the name of TsKB-55 in 1939, it was redesigned as a single crew aircraft with a more powerfull angeine under the name of TsKB-57. This first version was built around a armoured tub in which the engine and the cockpit were fully protected by 4 to 8 mm of steel. Despite being underpowered and suffering a lack of defensive fire, their effectiveness in the air assault against troops and panzers made they were built in greater number than any other aircraft, especially once a more powerfull engine -the Mikouline AM 38F of 1770 hp- and a rear gunner were put in the new Il-2M3. After the war, their successor was the Il-10. The USSR was the main user but after WW2, great numbers were provide to its allies (Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, North Korea, Est Germany, Chekoslavakia, PR of China, Mongolia, Yugoslavia).

This page lists all films that feature a variation of the Ilyushin Il-2.

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