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Il-2 wing balances
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expositor
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« on: July 02, 2022, 09:44:54 PM »

Looking through some of the great artwork here, I noticed a comment/caption mentioning a metal wing without the aileron balances. Any info as to when, or on which later version they were dispensed with? I was under the impression that a wing showing no balance was wood. 
Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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Massimo Tessitori
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2022, 06:57:31 AM »

Hi,
early Il-2 of 1941 had a metallic wing with metallic ailerons with two balances under them, plus two balances in front of the leading edge. The most part of Il-2 was built in Factory 18.
In late 1941, the balances under the ailerons (metallic of fabric-covered) were suppressed, while the frontal ones were preserved for the metallic wings that were modified with a different dispositin of the weapons.
In spring 1942, factory 1 and 30 started producing Il-2s with wooden wings and without any visible balance, while factory 18 continued to produce metal wings with balances on the leading edge.
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Massimo
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expositor
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2022, 10:10:20 AM »

Thanks for the explanation Massimo!

Jim
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2022, 09:51:29 PM »

You're welcome.
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