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Il-2Μ3
Heavy Attack aircraft
   

Photos from the personal collection of Konstantinos Panitsidis


One of the most famous fighter planes of WWII, the IL-2M3 was designed and produced in the USSR form 1941. The last IL-2 was produced in the late 1940's and by then some 36,000 aircraft of this type had been built.

The first versions were replaced in 1942 by the IL-2Μ3 which had a 2 man crew and larger engines and thicker armor.

The IL-2M3 served in arming 4 Polish Air Force Regiments which attack units fought on the Eastern Front during the spring of 1945. A total of 158 IL-2M3 were in service in the Polish Air Force. Beginning with 1949 the IL-2M3 began to be withdrawn from the Polish Air Force and they were replaced with the newer IL-10 attack aircraft.

The aircraft on exhibit was in service with the 3rd Attack Regiment of the Air Force.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS  
DESIGNER ΟΚΒ Illushin
COUNTRY Russia
TYPE Heavy Attack aircraft
CREW 2
POWER-PLANT One reciprocating motor Mikulin AΜ-37 F
Power, h.p. 1 x 1.750
DIMENSIONS  
Length, m 11,60
Height, m 4,17
Wing span, m 14,60
Wing area, m2 38,50
WEIGHT  
Normal take-off, kg -
Empty aircraft, kg 4.360
Maximum take-off, kg 5.873
Internal fuel, kg -
PERFORMANCE  
Maximum speed, km/h 410
Cruising speed, km/h -
Max speed in low height, km/h -
Rate of climb, m/min -
Service ceiling, m 6.900
Range, km 765
Combat range, km -
ARMAMENT Two 23 mm cannons Vya-23, two 7,62 mm machine-gun ShKAS (2 x 750 rounds), one 12,7 mm cannons UBT (150 rounds). 4 x rockets RO-132. Warload – up to 600 kg bombs.  
 
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