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Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik M3 – White 9, Soviet Air Force

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Panzerkampf (Legion Series) 1/72 scale 14629LE: Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik M3 White 9, Soviet Air Force.

Length 6.25 inches Wingspan 8 inches

The Ilyushin Il-2 is a ground-attack plane that was produced by the Soviet Union in large numbers during the Second World War. The word shturmovik, the generic Russian term for a ground-attack aircraft, became a synecdoche for the Il-2 in English sources, where it is commonly rendered Shturmovik, Stormovik and Sturmovik.

To Il-2 pilots, the aircraft was known by the diminutive Ilyusha. To the soldiers on the ground, it was called the Hunchback, the Flying Tank or the Flying Infantryman. Its post war NATO reporting name was Bark.

During the war, 36,183 units of the Il-2 were produced, and in combination with its successor, the Ilyushin Il-10, a total of 42,330 were built, making it the single most produced military aircraft design in aviation history, as well as one of the most produced piloted aircraft in history along with the American post war civilian Cessna 172 and the German then-contemporary Messerschmitt Bf 109.

The Il-2 played a crucial role on the Eastern Front. When factories fell behind on deliveries, Joseph Stalin told the factory managers that the Il-2s were as essential to the Red Army as air and bread.

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Weight 1.5 kg