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Sat Feb 18, 2017, 09:33 AM

Bringing the Soviet Union's 'flying tank' back to life


An Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik in flight.

When Nazi forces reached Leningrad in the summer of 1941, rather than risk the lives of thousands of soldiers battling fierce Soviet resistance, the generals chose instead to blockade the city. It left Leningrad’s three million residents almost completely cut-off from the outside world for 900 days.

During those terrible months, some 800,000 people died of starvation and disease or were killed by German bombs and artillery shells.

Finally, on 27 January 1944, Soviet forces broke through the German lines, opening a corridor to the devastated city. In support of those troops, hundreds of aircraft attacked German ground positions to secure the airspace above the battlefield.

The next day, as the Germans were being driven back further, one of those planes – an Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik (Attacker) ground-attack aircraft – ditched in a lake south of the city. The crew survived but the aircraft was lost – one of dozens destroyed in the battle.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170217-bringing-the-soviet-unions-flying-tank-back-to-life

I do not know how common wood fuselages were, but the de Havilland DH. 98 Mosquito pictured below also has one.


Man, oh man, do I love twin prop aircraft.

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 09:48 AM

1. I always had a thing for the P38 Lightning

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Response to Red Bull (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 10:02 AM

2. Yep, the P-38 is a goody.

My maternal grandfather had flat feet so he was turned down for military service. Instead, he worked on an assembly line in Nashville building aircraft. The two that I am familiar with are the Vultee Vengeance and the P-38 Lightning.


A Vengeance.

The Vultee building still stands and has been used by various companies to build aircraft parts. A Russian cargo jet flies in occasionally to pick up product. For a while they were getting aircraft wings, but I don't know if that is still the case.

For some strange reason an F-82 appeared in my dream a couple of nights ago (see below).

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Response to Red Bull (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 10:05 AM

3. I once flew from Boston to...

Martha's Vineyard aboard DC-3 , hull #06...It had a plaque on board stating that it first saw service in the late '30's, flying supplies over "the hump" to Merrill's Marauders, and that at the time the plaque was installed it had logged over 3 million hours on the airframe...That was back in the early '80's, via PBA...I often wonder what became of that historic plane..

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Response to frankt8242 (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 10:07 AM

4. Was the DC-3

An updated C-47?

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Response to Red Bull (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 10:09 AM

5. The C-47 was the military spec DC-3.

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Response to Agent_86 (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 10:13 AM

6. Ok, thanks.

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Response to frankt8242 (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 10:14 AM

7. The DC-3 is a difficult bird to ground.

When I started working for AA in '86 at the old terminal a DC-3 flown by Zantop was still flying freight into Nashville. It appeared to burn more oil than fuel, but it was operating.

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 11:00 AM

8. Great thread!

 

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 05:31 AM

9. That's cool.

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