Ilyushin: a weighty problem

Russian aviation journalist and photographer Piotr Butowski reports on the latest aerospace news and technology developments from the Russian Federation

On March 30, 2021, the Il-112V light military transport aircraft piloted by a three-man crew under the command of Nikolai Kuimov made its second test flight in Voronezh. According to the official announcement: “The flight lasted about 30 minutes and has passed as usual.”

But why did this second flight arouse our interest? Usually only the maiden flight of a new aircraft is a milestone; the second is already routine. This time, however, a significant time had elaped between the first and second flights of the Il-112, during which the aircraft had been substantially modified to reduce structural weight.

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