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IL-4

Long-range bomber

Ilyushin

This Il-4T named Khabarovskiy Komsomol (Young Communist League of Khabarovsk) was used for setting up minefields against the Kriegsnmarine © Michael Bykov

This Il-4T named Khabarovskiy Komsomol (Young Communist League of Khabarovsk) was used for setting up minefields against the Kriegsnmarine.

Since 1938 Ilyushin's design bureau has started the modification of the airplane which has received the name DB-ЗА, and later - IL-4. This airplane differed first of all improved aerodynamics, more high-power and high-altitude the motors M-88 and thorough change of a design according to use of the new "know-how". On May, 21, 1939. V.K.Kokkinaki for the first time has raised the DB - ЗF in air, and its state official tests have begun from August, 31.

Armament. One 7.62mm ShKAS (or 12.7mm UBT) machine-gun each in nose,dorsal turret, and ventral positions; max bomb load (internal and external) 5,512lb, or 2,205lb bombs internally, plus one 2.072lb torpedo under fuselage

In total 4803 bombers DB-3f and Il-4 were built during war years. Despite of huge quantity of the constructed bombers, any of them has not lived up to now.

Long-range bombers
DB-3 DB-3 DB-3F IL-4 Er-2 Er-2
Crew 3 3 4 4 4 4
Year of issue 1937 1939 1940 1941 1941 1943
Dimensions
Length, m 14.22 14.22 14.76 14.76 16.4 16.58
Wing span, m 21.44 21.44 21.44 21.44 23.0 23.0
Wing area, m² 65.6 65.6 66.7 66.7 72.0 79.06
Weight, kg:
Loaded weight 6500 7450 8030 9470 12520 14850
Maximum takeoff weight 8500 9450 10150 11570 14150 18580
Powerplant
Engine М-85 М-87 М-88 М-88B М-105 ACh-30B
Power, hp 2x750 2x950 2x1100 2x1100 2x1100 2x1500
Performance
Maximum speed, km/h at altitude 395 439 429 422 437 420
m 4000 4900 6600 6800 4000 6000
Service ceiling, m 8800 9600 9700 8900 7700 7200
Service range with normal bomb load, km 4000 3800 3300 3800 4000 5000
Armament
Bomb load, kg Normal 1000
Maximum 2500 2500 2500 2500 4000 6000
Defensive Armament Machine guns 3 3 3 3 3 2
Cannon - - - - - 1

References

  • "The history of designs of planes in USSR 1938-1950" /Vadim Shavrov/
  • "Planes of Stalin falcons" /Konstantin Kosminkov and Dmitriy Grinyuk/
  • "Planes of Ilyushin`s design bureau" /Genrih Novojilov/
  • "The Soviet planes" /Alexander Yakovlev/

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