The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik is perhaps the most famous aircraft in the history of Russian and Soviet aviation. During World War 2 this rugged ground attack aircraft was arguably the Soviets most effective weapon. Protected by its heavy armour, the low-flying aircraft was incredibly difficult to shoot down and its powerful array of weaponry included a cannon, machine guns, rockets and special HEAT anti-tank bombs. The Il-2 was so successful that the design was produced in greater numbers than any other military aircraft in history, with over 40,000 being built between 1941 and 1955.
In this impressive new book, accomplished aviation author Yefim Gordon applies the successful Famous Russian Aircraft series formula to this mainstay of Soviet air forces in World War 2, making this the most comprehensive book available on the subject. With detailed coverage of both its development and service career and an unmatchable wealth of illustration, this is the perfect volume for anyone wishing to learn more about this important warplane. Aviation modellers will delight in the vast amount of previously unpublished photographs and unique colour profiles illustrating the variations in the aircraft such as modifications from dual to single seater and back (with a rear gunner) as well as images of rare unit insignia. This is one not to be missed!
432 pages 500 photographs