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Author Topic: Il-2 text in April "FlyPast" magazine  (Read 2512 times)
KL
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« on: April 26, 2011, 09:24:28 PM »

Has enybody seen Il-2 article in the April "FlyPast" magazine issue?



From the publishers web site:

Spotlight on the Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik

Origin and History
Doug Hall looks at the production history and operational career of the Shturmovik.

Contemporaries Compared
We compare the Shturmovik to two other ground-attack fighters of the day.

Men Behind the Shturmovik
The Il-2 was a fearsome aircraft ? but it was the courage of its crews that made it a hero.

Inside the Shturmovik
Cutaway artwork of an Ilyushin Il-2M3.

Shturmovik in Profile
Pete West artwork of an Il-2 that flew in defence of Stalingrad.

Women Behind the Shturmovik
Anna Egorova, one of the few women to fly the Il-2, recalls her dramatic introduction to the type.

Overseas Warriors
A pictorial review of the Il-2 in both war and in peace.

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2011, 01:31:38 AM »

I have the magazine, Konstantin.  The articles are interesting and well-written.  However, once again, our old friend "Mr. Brown/Green" makes his appearance in a profile of an arrow(?).  They have a three-view of "Red 28"; the straight-winged winter-camouflage two-seater, which correctly has the 37mm cannons, but incorrectly has the brown/green camouflage showing through in places, and has a metal-fuselage.  It appears that the myth of the brown/green camouflage and metal-fuselage are harder to kill than Count Dracula.  In addition, "Red 28" has the bort at the wrong angle, and the later style rear gunner's canopy.  It makes you wonder if artists even bother to work from photographs.  Also a flight of IL-10's is wrongly identified as "A formation of Shturmoviks over Russia in May 1943.".  Well, at least they call it the "Shturmovik", and not the "Sturmovik", "Stormovik", etc.  They also use the bogus designations "IL-2M", IL-2M3", and mention the apparently non-existent torpedo version, the "IL-2T".  It does have a nice cutaway drawing of the arrow that appears to be accurate (and it's labelled in English!).  Even here, however, its entry for item 113 states "Rear fuselage aluminium alloy frame structure, replaces all-wood rear fuselage of earlier models".  Wrong, of course, as not only is this arrow not identified as a postwar example, some of which did indeed have retro-fitted metal rear fuselages, but a version with the all-metal fuselage would not have had an internal D/F loop, which this cutaway example does.  In other words, the coverage in this magazine is typical Shturmovik fare, facts, photographs, and useful information interspersed with annoying (and seemingly indestructible) inaccuracies.

Regards,

Jason
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2011, 07:31:42 PM »

Thanks Jason,
I'll buy it!

check this one:  http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?p=126762

the latest issue of 'Flypast' (cover date June 2011 but on sale today) has a 32-page special on Operation Barbarossa - the German invasion of Russia in 1941. 12 of the 32 pages are the story and the images of the 151. Wing in action (Murmansk Hurricanes).

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KL
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