OKB Ilyushin: A History of the Design Bureau and Its Aircraft

OKB Ilyushin: A History of the Design Bureau and Its Aircraft


By (author) Yefim Gordon, By (author) Dmitriy Komissarov, By (author) Sergey Komissarov

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  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 220mm x 282mm x 36mm | 1,678g
  • Publication date: 29 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 1857801873
  • ISBN 13: 9781857801873
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, (some colour )
  • Sales rank: 359,215

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Established in 1934, the Ilyushin design bureau is one of the best-known Soviet/Russian aircraft design companies. Over the years, the Ilyushin OKB has developed aircraft for widely varying roles. Its first aircraft to achieve production status, the DB-3 bomber, entered service in 1936. The IL-2 (Shturmovik) armored attack aircraft brought Ilyushin well-earned fame; this aircraft fought with considerable success during World War II. The OKB's involvement with combat aircraft continued with the experimental IL-22 four-jet counterpart of the English Electric Canberra. However, it was those years that marked the OKB's transition to transport aircraft from the twin-engined IL-12 of 1945 developed as a 'DC-3 replacement', followed by many successful aircraft, including the four-turboprop IL-18 airliner (1957), the four-turbofan long-half IL-62 (1961), the IL-76 military/civil freighter (1971) and the first Soviet wide-body airliner, the IL-86 of 1976. The company has also moved into general aviation with the IL-103 four-seater.

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