Today is the birthday of Sergey Ilyushin. He was born in a small village and had many siblings. He did not have much schooling and was largely self-taught. He came from a poor family, and worked many odd jobs. He found a job at the Kolomyazhsky Racetrack as a groundskeeper, and it was at this site where the Russian festival of Ballooning was held. During that time he met many Russian aviators and that sparked his interest in Aviation.
It wasn't until WWI when he was conscripted into the Imperial Russian Army that he was able to work with aircraft. In the beginning, he was part of the infantry, but a time came when they needed 7 volunteers for the aviation section of the Army. He was one of the lucky seven.It was there that he was able to work on Aircraft as a mechanic, and became qualified as a Pilot in 1917.
Fast forward a few years later, in 1922 Ilyushin left military service and entered the Institute of Engineers of the Red Air Fleet where he mainly focused on glider design and took part in many design competitions. After he got his degree he began designing aircraft at The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) along with Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov and Andrei Tupolev.
In 1933, Ilyushin became chief of TsKB at Moscow plant. Later becoming Ilyushin Design Bureau. Ilyushin went on to design a multitude of different planes, though he's best-known for the indomitable Ilyushin IL-2, the most-produced combat aircraft of WWII.
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I found a link to an Ilyushin Il-2 Papercraft model from papercraftsquare I haven't built it myself yet, but if anyone is interested HERE is the download link. If you build this model, post it in this thread!