The history of the IL-2

The aircraft that inspired the creation of one flight simulator which lead to a sequel probably has some significance to it. The Ilyushin IL-2, numbering over 36,000 aircraft produced, is the most widely produced combat aircraft and the second most produced aircraft of all time (the Cessna 172 comes in first at 43,000).

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IL-2’s flying near Moscow (CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia)

Popular defense and history blog War Is Boring has done an interesting post about the history of the IL-2. It’s not the most extensive history but it is a good primer if you want to learn a little about the history of this aircraft.

Read War Is Boring: The IL-2 Sturmovik Wrecked Nazi Tanks Soviet ground attackers flew to the rescue — by the thousands!

 

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