SURFACING SOVIET

IL-2 SHTURMOVIK

A SINGLE-SEAT IL-2 ShTURMOVIK WAS RECENTLY RAISED FROM A RUSSIAN LAKE AND IS SET TO BE RESTORED TO FLY. MARK ShEPPARD REFLECTS ON ThE RECOVERY PROCESS AND DETAILS ThE AIRCRAFT’S hISTORY

Captain A I Kalichev in his Shturmovik ‘office’. ALL BORIS OSETINSKY UNLESS STATED

When it comes to superlatives, Ilyushin’s Il-2 wins hands down. It holds the record of being the most widely built combat aircraft; more than 36,000 airframes were produced between the beginning of June 1941 and October 1945. With such phenomenal numbers – 2,300 constructed in eight months of 1944 alone – it’s staggering there are just 12 complete airframes within museums today (although several others have been recovered over the last 20 years). Recently, another example was added to the list. A singleseat Il-2 has been successfully recovered from a lake in the

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