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Dec 30, 2020
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“Black Death”

On December 29, 1940, the first flight of the legendary Soviet Il-2 attack aircraft took place under the control of test pilot Vladimir Kokkinaki. This aircraft became the most massive aircraft of the Second World War, and, as historians believe, made a huge contribution to the victory over the Wehrmacht. For its time, the Il-2 had a very solid weaponry, which made it possible to destroy almost all types of targets. For its high fighting qualities, the Germans called the brainchild of Ilyushin “the black death”. According to experts, although the aircraft had a number of shortcomings, they were leveled by high reliability, as well as by the training of the flight crew.

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