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Ilyushin Il-2/Il-10 (Famous Russian Aircraft) Hardcover – March 4, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1857803228 ISBN-10: 1857803221 Edition: 1ST

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Midland Publishing; 1ST edition (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857803221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857803228
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pages are done in a nice, glossy paper.
Jason N. Moore
This book is still the best out their on this subject so enjoy it.
G. Dorn
If you love this aircraft, get this book you wont be sorry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis on May 28, 2010
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Having read and enjoyed the previous books in Midland's Famous Russian Aircraft series I was excited when it was announced that the famous Ilyushin Il-2 would be getting the same treatment. Could a format designed for complex modern aircraft with long service histories work for an earlier WWII type? The answer seems to be...for the most part, yes.

Naturally the format had to adjusted. The first chapter in the book is an interesting history of close support aircraft in the Soviet Union prior to the Il-2.

Color photography doesn't seem to have made it to the Soviet Union prior to the 1950s so the photographs are overwhelmingly in black and white, including the jacket cover. Color photos are restricted to preserved and/or restored examples. There is an entire chapter devoted to that unlike previous volumes, no doubt to add more color to a somewhat drab book. Color also makes its appearance in the form of large numbers of color profiles, drawings of national insignia as they evolved through the war years, and drawings of various personal and unit awards and decorations.

Also unlike previous volumes there is a long (and welcome) chapter devoted to outstanding Il-2 pilots and gunners and their careers and reminiscences. Especially interesting to me was the section on the first born of the space age, Gheorgiy Beregovoy. I'm curious if the 24 years between his two Hero of the Soviet Union decorations is a record of sorts.

There are some complaints. There is no index. There really is no excuse for this in a book this expensive and comprehensive. There are no maps. For a book in English aimed at an audience likely to be unfamiliar with the minutiae of Soviet geography this is a serious shortcoming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Dorn on July 21, 2013
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Another great product from MIDLANDS with an excellent format and tons of pictures and drawings. the only complaints I have with the book is that there are many references to the machine guns and cannon carried by these aircraft but no comparative analysis of these weapons. I realize that the book is about the plane but when the sole purpose of this aircraft was to act as a weapons platform to destroy men and machines, I think that it would have been nice to detail the effectiveness the same weapons.
This book is still the best out their on this subject so enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By clicclic on January 22, 2012
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I wasn't there during WW2, the fifties, etc, but this book seems to cover absolutely everything imaginable about the plane(s). Worth every penny if you like this plane.
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If you have any interest at all in the Il-2, this is the book to have. It deals with every possible aspect of the Il-2, from its origins and development through its stellar combat record and even Stalin's infamous telegram to the Illyushin design bureau complaining of insufficient production numbers of the plane. The telegram ends with the chilling words, "this is my final warning" (to increase production quickly).

I am involved as a volunteer in a project to restore an Il-2 to museum-quality condition at a major American museum. This book was essential to my research on the plane's development history, markings, and combat deployment.
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