Ilyushin Design Bureau Ilyushin Il-2M3

The Ilyushin Il-2 was an aircraft produced by the Ilyushin Design Bureau which was primarily used by the Soviet Air Force. It was one of the most produced piloted aircraft in history, along with the Cessna 172 and the Polikarpov Po-2. It was made in large numbers during WWII, with a total of 36,183 being produced. The leader at time, Joseph Stalin, paid the aircraft great tribute when a factory was falling behind its orders. Angrily, he sent a cable to the factory manager, that said, “They are as essential to the Red Army as air and bread.” “I demand more machines. This is my final warning!”

Specifications of the Il-2M3 (From Wikipedia):

General characteristics:

Crew: Two, pilot and rear gunner
Length: 11.6 m (38 ft 1 in)
Wingspan: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)
Height: 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
Wing area: 38.5 m² (414 ft²)
Empty weight: 4,360 kg (9,612 lb)
Loaded weight: 6,160 kg (13,580 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 6,380 kg (14,065 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Mikulin AM-38F liquid-cooled V-12, 1,285 kW (1,720 hp)


Maximum speed: 414 km/h (257 mph)
Range: 720 km (450 mi)
Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,045 ft)
Rate of climb: 10.4 m/s (2,050 ft/min)
Wing loading: 160 kg/m² (31.3 lb/ft²)
Power/mass: 0.21 kW/kg (0.13 hp/lb)


2 × fixed forward-firing 23×152mm VYa-23 cannons, 150 rounds per gun
2 × fixed forward-firing 7.62×54mmR ShKAS machine guns, 750 rounds per gun
1 × manually aimed 12.7×108mm Berezin UBT machine gun in rear cockpit, 300 rounds
Up to 600 kg (1,320 lb) of bombs and/ 8 × RS-82 rockets 4 × RS-132 rockets

Fun Facts:

Postwar NATO reporting name: “Bark”
Role: Ground-attack aircraft
Produced from: 1941-1945
First Flight: October 2, 1939
If I’m correct, I think one of these has been restored and able to fly.



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(Can’t find proper author, so here is the page it belongs to (Hopefully)).

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Information obtained by Wikipedia.

Criticism welcomed.

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Amazing machine!

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Nice information to go along with it, would add nicely to future Oshkosh IF Events :)). (air shows, etc)


Ah. Russian bias, fueled by pure vodka, and made out of only the finest Stalinwood. A terror of the skies for sure.

Not a fan of older military aircraft, but I see the appeal. Played with this thing a lot in IL2!