The Ilyushin IL-2 was a ground-attack aircraft in the World War II, produced by the Soviet Union in very large numbers. The IL-2 It is regarded as the best ground attack aircraft of World War II. In combination with its successor, the Ilyushin IL-10, a total of 42,330 were built, making it the single most produced military aircraft design in all of aviation history, as well as one of the most produced piloted aircraft in history, along with the Cessna 172 and the Soviet Polikarpov Po-2. Because of the heavy armor protection, the IL-2 could take a great deal of punishment and proved difficult for both ground and aircraft fire to shoot down. One IL-2 in particular was reported to have returned safely to base despite receiving more than 600 direct hits and having all its control surfaces completely shredded.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!