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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse07 Nov 2018 10:13 p.m. PST

"Of all the Soviet combat aircraft in WWII, the Ilyushin Il-2 was one of the most important. This Russian plane was produced in great quantities with an approximate 36,000 made in a 4-year period.

While the Il-2 was well-designed and effective, there are only two flyable examples left today. Considering there are approximately 55 flyable Spitfires today, why are there not more examples of this mass-produced plane?

The small number of surviving Il-2 planes can be linked to the design and use of the aircraft. In the 1930s, the Soviet government was interested in antitank aircraft and the Soviet Central Design Bureau came up with some designs. The team, under Sergei Vladimirovich Ilyushin, came up with two prototypes that would turn into the Il-2…"
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emckinney09 Nov 2018 9:51 p.m. PST

The lack of private aircraft collectors in the USSR?

Seriously, many of the reasons given in the article applied to many other types of aircraft as well.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse10 Nov 2018 11:56 a.m. PST



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