An illustrated technical history of the most famous Soviet warplane of World War Two, the Ilyushin-2 Shturmovik. Built in larger numbers than any other aircraft, the Il-2 ground-attack and close-support aircraft was perhaps the most important aircraft on the Eastern Front in WW2. The different versions of the plane, from the prototypes to the final aircraft of 1945 are described and illustrated; all the changes in specification, equipment and performance are recorded. Drawings and data from the original technical manuals, full dimensional details and photographs of surviving examples preserved in aviation museums illustrate all aspects of the airframe, inside and out. Includes wartime photographs and many pages of colour illustrations including about 100 colour profiles complete the book's coverage. Profusely illustrated with photos, including a walk-around section showing all aspects of the airframe, plus diagrams from official manuals. Includes 1/72nd scale plans, plus colour profiles showing camouflage and markings applied to the Shturmovik by its users.
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