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The First Ilyushin 18 Flew In 1946!

Fri Sep 07, 2001 2:05 am

I bought a book in Moscow in July, about Ilyushin airliners. I was surprised when I read that the first IL 18 had first flown in 1946 (before the IL 14). There is a photo of this plane (CCCP Л-1789), in flight ; this piston engined (ASh 73) airliner looked like a big IL 14.
The final version (with AI 20 engines) first flew only 11 years after. What happened between 1946 and 1957 ? Why was the first project abandonned ?

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RE: The First Ilyushin 18 Flew In 1946!

Fri Sep 07, 2001 4:14 am

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This very topic was done some time ago right here on a.net. Check it out at:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/397116/6/

In fact, the whole thread in which this was covered makes for a good read

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/397537/

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