Quesnel, on 11 March 2017 - 08:10 AM, said:
This should prove to be an interesting, future development for a certain so-and-so.
Oh my, I just can't stop laughing at that one, Quesnel.....+1 Brother!
I had never heard of the IL-1, so I did some quick checking:
Sergey Ilyushin developed the IL-1 in 1943 as am armored fighter, based on the famous IL-2 attack craft.
It used the same armored shell for the engine and cockpit as did the IL-2, but was lighter, more compact, had an internal radiator, and had a much more powerful engine, giving it a mediocre top speed of 580 kph (360 mph).
It only carried two 23mm cannon for armament, but could carry either 2x 100kg, or 4x 50kg bombs. However (and this is a new one on me), the rear fuselage also carried a dispenser that could drop up to 10x "aerial grenades" into the path of pursuing fighters (!!).
(Zigfreid and Zapperguy should drool at that.....)
Because of its relatively slow speed for a fighter, Ilyushin also developed a two-seat version of the plane with a tailgunner, but realizing that Russia already had much faster and much more capable fighters, Ilyushin abandoned the IL-1 fighter project, and the two-seat IL-1 was redeveloped into the IL-10, which went into service in 1944.
Edited by _Warchylde_, 11 March 2017 - 03:19 PM.
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