Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik @ Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair 2014

July 26th, 2014 was the date for the first ever Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair. This was a spectacular aviation event run by the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The Skyfair was by no means a big air show but the aircraft on display were some of the most unique in the world, including the worlds only flying Ilyushin Il-2M3 Sturmovik.

Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik @ Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair 2014
Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik @ Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair 2014

This was the ultimate World War Two beast from the east! The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik was known to Soviet troops as the “Flying Tank” and to the Germans as “Der Schwarze Tod” (“The Black Death“). It was a low-level ground attack aircraft, heavily armed (wing mounted 2 x high velocity 23mm cannons, 2 x 7.62mm machine guns, bombs/rockets and a rear firing 12.7mm machine gun for defence. Some later versions were armed with 37mm wing mounted cannons!) and protected by heavy armour plating around the crew, engine and fuel tank. The Il-2 wreaked havoc with German ground troops and the Panzer Korps. To see one fly is a treat, but to see one fly this close and not be its victim is amazing!

Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik @ Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair 2014
A flying tank
 Il-2 comes into land at Paine Field
The Il-2 comes into land at Paine Field
 Il-2 comes into land at Paine Field
The Sturmovik passes its home at FHC as it comes into land
Ilyushin Il-2M3 Sturmovik FHC Skyfair 2014
Ilyushin Il-2M3 Sturmovik
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3 thoughts on “Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik @ Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair 2014

    1. My friends and I were standing in a great (and very close) location away from the main airshow crowd line so we had it flying right over us on numerous passes. Fantastic! Will be posting something on the lend lease monument on Fairbanks soon too

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  1. Quite a few planes in the Flying Heritidges collection came from the now closed down Champlain Fighter Museum of Mesa, Arizona…including this IL-2 I went to see on a few occasions…

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