For aircraft enthusiasts: The sons of the Shtrumovik

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  1. perttime

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    The IL-2 isn't all that far from the A-10 concept. The A-10, too, is ugly enough to look interesting - and it does the job.
     
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    Um. Russian women do not fit that generalization.
     
  3. boris bubbanov

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    Well, they have their fine ones, and not so fine ones, don't they?

    Sometimes I think the American and French airplane designers saw their small plane projects as Female, while the Germans and Russians saw their projects as decidedly Male in designation.

    And the Brits, uh, theirs tended to cross over. :^)
     
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    Certain kinds of Aeronautical Tasks really do produce mostly Ugly Ducklings on Juice, don't they?

    But they don't have to be ugly. Just as the Esquire and Telecaster are not ugly. It is just a bigger challenge, to find a way to make a beautiful "work" plane. It can be done; it just requires willpower and a good eye.
     
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    My favorite WWII aircraft, which saw service as both a fighter, and a close air support bomber, was this beauty: Image00004-678x381.jpg Due to it's early problems with carrier landings the Navy relegated it to ground operations only, so it ended up serving with the Marine Corps. Made famous by the exploits of Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington, and known to the Japanese as "Whistling Death", it served through WWII, and through the Korean War as a fighter-bomber. A Marine aviator even shot down a Korean Mig with one. Vought-F4U-4B-Corsair-VMA-323-White-WS20-BuNo-62933-over-Korea-1952-02.jpg Combine a nice complement of bombs and rockets with the six wing mounted .50 cal or 20MM machine guns and you have one mean S.O.B. It was also flown by the British and French Navys, and the Brazilian Air Force until 1966. Some guy named John Glenn started out his flying career in one of these.
     
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    Oh, and thanks Blazer for another fascinating aviation history lesson. I had never heard of, or seen that Russian beast.
     
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    This! Thanks for the post - really interesting!
     
  8. perttime

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    Stalin thought it was pretty important.

    "To achieve the IL-2's full potential, production needed to be sharply ramped up. This was not an easy task, since the German invasion had dislocated most of the production facilities. Stalin did not conceal his rage at this disruption of production. In a telegram to the directors of one of the troubled Il-2 plants, he wrote, “You have let down our country and our Red Army. You have the nerve not to manufacture Il-2s until now. Our Red Army now needs Il-2 aircraft like the air it breathes, like the bread it eats. (This plant) now produces one Il-2 a day….It is a mockery of the Red Army….I ask you not to try the government’s patience, and demand that you manufacture more Il-2s. This is my final warning. Stalin.” Not surprisingly, Il-2 production increased sharply within weeks."
    https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/stalin’s-ilyushin-il-2-shturmovik
     
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    I built this one in 2 years including engine, paint and full leather interior. Eat your heart out comrades FB_IMG_1555445127187.jpg
     
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