Il-2 PROGRESSES AT PIMA

The Pima Air and Space Museum’s Ilyushin Il-2 in early December.

Restoration of an Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik, recovered from Russia by Canadian Jeet Mahal in 1992, is progressing well at the Pima Air and Space Museum. The restoration team believes it has identified the airframe’s identity through a thorough forensic analysis of numbers found on the components. It appears that it was operated by a Soviet Naval Aviation unit in support of the Battle of Leningrad. The rear fuselage and wings have been built from new wood to replace the rotted originals.